Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Shrek by William Steig

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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