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Get creative and colorful designing plots of “fairly stupid” fairy tales!
Enjoy Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s The Stinky Cheese Man as a read-aloud or gather multiple copies for students to read aloud in pairs. Invite children to read and discuss all 10 fractured fairy tales. Provide other fairy tale books for students to explore to compare the tales in The Stinky Cheese Man with classic and other fractured fairy tales.
Initiate a class discussion about the visual images in the book. What do they notice about the illustrations and the variety of font styles and sizes? Invite children to share which fractured fairy tales were their favorites and how the illustrations and font choices contributed to the stories.
Introduce the term “plot”. Present a basic plot diagram and use age-appropriate terminology to describe each part of the plot diagram. Work together as a group to quickly diagram one plot line for one fairy tale using Crayola Dry Erase Markers on a white board or Crayola Classic Markers on large chart paper, jotting down notes about what happened in the story at each part.
Provide white paper and Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers. Use classic colors or provide Crayola Multicultural Markers and/or Crayola Gel Markers for a wider variety of creative color options. Invite children to create a plot diagram of one fractured fairy tale from The Stinky Cheese Man, using words in font styles and sizes similar to Jon Scieska’s and including illustrations in the style of Lane Smith. Younger students might work in partners. Some students may prefer to create their own diagrams using their own illustrative styles.
Display finished plot diagrams in a gallery and invite students to present their artwork to their classmates by sharing how they chose plot events and the ways they were inspired by the style choices of Scieszka and Lane Smith.
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