One of the joys of my day? Getting to read Cinderella and The Three Billy Goats Gruff to my students today. In preparation for our Once Upon a Time writing unit, students have to know a few fairy tales well—getting the stories “into their bones.”
As I read today, at times almost reciting the familiar stories, I watched my students. Which ones anticipated the next part of the story? Which ones seemed to mouth along as I read? Which ones were truly surprised at the climax of the fairy tales?
These subtle observations were telling. Some of my learners have not grown up with fairy tales or read-alouds. Or, if they know the stories, it’s only because of the movie adaptations. This made me pause and reflect for a moment. How would my life be different without these stories, without the read-alouds? I can’t imagine.
And though it made me sad to consider this, I also became even more excited about the opportunities that will accompany this new unit. What a privilege to share—and adapt—these beloved stories! I eagerly await the joy and learning that I know will come with these words: “Once upon a time…”
Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana, and Betsy at Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!