Guide students through a fairy-tale genre study. By immersing themselves in the genre, students will determine why people tell such magical tales!
1. Pick a famous fairy tale and write your own new version of it. For example, set "The Frog Prince" in a high school or change Rumplestiltskin from a mean villain to a lonely old woman. Imagine how the story of Pinocchio would change with the invention of lie detectors or how computers might help Hansel and Gretel.
2. Try living as if you were cursed like Ella for one hour, obeying every command you are given, without telling anyone about your curse. For a second hour, obey not only commands from people around you, but also commands you hear on TV and from anything you read. Present to the class what you learned from your experience.
3. Within the novel, there are many magical and fanciful creatures. Imagine what each of the different kinds of creatures would look like together in one place and draw a colorful scene of them. Include at least one human, elf, fairy, ogre, giant, and centaur.