Just in case you didn't know, before Shrek was a movie it was a wonderful book by William Steig. The movie has very little to do with the book.
I shared this with my fourth graders and decided to avoid the obvious lesson of book vs. movie. Instead we talked about the story structure as a fractured fairy tale. Shrek is an unusual hero. His parents kick him out to seek his fortune. A donkey tells Shrek his fate. Shrek has a happy ending that fits his character, but probably not that of a traditional fairy tale.
Students can create their own fairy tale or analyze this one with this graphic organizer.
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