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Text Structures From Fairy Tales

Truisms That Help Students Write About Abstract Concepts . . . and Live Happily Ever After, Grades 4-12

By: Gretchen Bernabei, Judith A. Reimer

Centered on classic fairy tales, 35 lessons include a writing prompt and a planning framework that leads students to organize writing through a text structure. 
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544361154
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: January 16, 2019

Price: $39.95

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Standardized tests and college essay prompts demand that students produce quality analytical writing about abstract concepts. But how do you actually teach this kind of writing? Award-winning authors Gretchen Bernabei and Judi Reimer make it easy and fun. This book includes 35 engaging lessons that give students just the focused practice they need to craft effective, analytical writing for any situation. 

Centered on classic fairy tales and designed for students of all ages, each lesson includes a writing prompt accompanied by a planning framework. Students write a truism, select or create a text structure, and write a kernel essay that serves as scaffolding for a detailed rhetorical piece. With practice, students move from depending on teacher guidance to becoming autonomous analytical writers. The teacher-friendly layout and built-in flexibility of the book empower you to 

  • Use each fairy tale lesson for reading, for writing, or for both 
  • Cluster lessons around a particular literacy concept or use each as a standalone lesson 
  • Pair fairy tales thematically with other readings 
  • Customize the text structure options to meet the needs of your individual students 
  • Encourage students to create their own text structures 
  • Teach students simple ways to expand their ideas into detailed, rich essays 
  • Additional ideas for how to use the lessons, a complete collection of text structures, craft lessons on revision, and a list of conversation strategies are also included.

Put Text Structures From Fairy Tales to work in your classroom and soon your students will be writing happily ever after. 



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Gretchen Bernabei

A popular workshop presenter and winner of NCTE’s James Moffett Award in 2010, Gretchen Bernabei has been teaching kids to write in middle school and high school classrooms for more than thirty years. In addition to four other professional books and numerous articles for NCTE journals, she is the author of National Geographic School Publications’ The Good Writer’s Kit, as well as Lightning in a Bottle, a CD of visual writing prompts.
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Judith A. Reimer

Judi Reimer taught fourth grade in San Antonio, Texas, for seventeen years and continues to advise students and school districts. She has worked as a freelance writer, contributing columns and features for Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, and other national magazines. Judi has also written articles for Studies Weekly classroom publications and has been a freelance writer for American Legacy Publishing.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Lessons: Student Planning Pages with Fairy Tale Texts

Structure for Writing About Life Themes

     1. Beauty and the Beast

     2. The Bremen Town Musicians

     3. Cinderella

     4. Diamonds and Toads

     5. The Elves and the Shoemaker

Structures for Explaining a Concept

     6. The Emperor's New Clothes

     7. The Fisherman and His Wife

     8. The Frog Prince

     9. The Gingerbread Boy

     10. The Golden Goose

Structures for Character Analysis

     11. Hansel and Gretel

     12. Henny Penny

     13. Jack and the Beanstalk

     14. The Little Red Hen

     15. Little Red Riding Hood

Structures for Analyzing a Theme in Literature

     16. The Nightingale

     17. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes

     18. The Princess and the pea

     19. Puss in Boots

     20. Rapunzel

Structures for Commentary About Plot

     21. Rumpelstiltskin

     22. The Sleeping Beauty

     23. Snow White

     24. Snow White and Rose Red

     25. The Three Bears

Structures for Making an Argument

     26. The Three Billy Goats Gruff

     27. The Three Little Pigs

     28. The Three Sillies

     29. Thumbelina

     30. The Tinderbox

Structures for Content-Area Writing

     31. Tom Thumb

     32. The Twelve Dancing Princesses

     33. The Ugly Duckling

     34. The Wild Swans

     35. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids


     i. Complete Text Structures Collections

     ii. 25 More Things to do With These Lessons

     iii. Blank Student Planning Page for Black Line Master

     iv. Text Chunkyard

     v. Get Student Writers Talking: Conversation Strategies

     vi. Steps for the Truism Braid Essay

     vii. Reader Rubric with Words and Faces

     viii. Intensity Scale

     ix. What's Better... This? Or That?

     x. Ms. Kern's Final Exam Project and Timetable

     xi. Craft Lessons for Revision

     a. Truisms

     b. Adding Details

     c. Sparkling Sentences

     d. 11-Minute Essays

     e. Ba-da-bing!

     f. Writer's Toolbox with Dead Giveaways

     g. Writing Book Reports