The fairytale unit has been a mixture of classic fairytales and more contemporary fractured fairytales. We have also spent a great deal of time reading and analyzing versions of Cinderellas from around the world. Your children have discussed and written about the common elements of fairytales and the elements specific to Cinderella stories. The students are able to make accurate predictions of any Cinderella based on their understanding of the elements. Ask your child to name the elements, explain stories that demonstrated the elements, compare versions, and, explain stories which did not demonstrate all the elements.
I have placed all the students into small reading groups. We are currently learning the expectations for all of the centers, and how to work independently to allow me to work with a small group effectively.
The genre focus has been narrative. We began a first draft by writing the story for a wordless picture book. This helped students to produce a complete story with a problem, events, and a solution. Then each writing period we focused on a writing technique to enhance the story. I used picture books to demonstrate dialogue, time words, description using adjectives, similes, and choosing more interesting verbs. The next step will be editing, looking for proper punctuation and spelling.
I expect to begin expository writing the first of November.