Write one allusion to each of these stories (see The New Dictionary

Class Prep 6 - Week 2
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Focus: The (D)evolution of Fairy Tales and Myths Within and Across Cultures
Announcements: I have posted the first formal writing assignment. You may wish to
incorporate “Three Things About Me” and “Found Book Exercise 1” (which I though were
great!) into it.
Review: Cultural competency. There may be deep, universal structures to fairy tales across
cultures, but the many variants over time and across distances are powerfully culturally
Chapter 13, "Fairy Tales and Myths," pp. 320-327
Explore folk tales, fairy tales and mythology here: The International Children's Digital Library.
Read at least one story all the way through from a culture other than your home culture.
Concepts / Vocabulary:
variant (conservative—transformative)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=iKbWdgW6sD8 Monty Python Little Red Riding Hood
http://youtube.com/watch?v=QYgXxIgrXMs Hey There Little Red Riding Hood
http://youtube.com/watch?v=14UHC-dEwZ0 Chanel 5 Red Riding Hood
http://www.usm.edu/english/fairytales/lrrh/inventi.htm Little Red Riding Hood images
cultural authenticity
cultural competency
Group Study Questions:
1. What happens in the best-known version of The Three Little Pigs?
1. Mother sends pigs out to seek fortune because she didn’t have money to keep them.
2. First pig meets man, asks for straw, builds house of straw
3. Wolf comes and blows house down, eats pig
4. Second pig builds house of furze (sticks)
5. Wolf comes and blows house down, eats pig
6. Third builds of brick
7. Wolf comes, can’t blow house down, suggests turnip field trip
8. Pig outsmarts wolf by giving him wrong time
9. Apple tree—outsmarts by throwing apple
10. Fair: Butter churn
11. Chimney entry
12. Pot of boiling water—pig eats wolf
Similar Three Little Pigs tales
Class Prep 6 - Week 2
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Green Jelly
www.youtube.com (Variants of variants: Search Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf)
Terrorism: build house effective? http://youtube.com/watch?v=ACRUAAh8ukQ
2. What are the differences (X) and similarities () among the earlier versions of Cinderella,
new versions such as the Disney version and Pretty Woman or Maid in Manhattan? Do you think
the differences or similarities are more significant? (See reverse side.)
Elements of Cinderella Tales
Earlier Earlier
The heroine is a young and beautiful girl.
She has lost or is abandoned by her mother.
She is mistreated by a stepmother and/or stepsisters
She is forced to do menial service.
She is aided by supernatural powers (dead mother, animals,
There is a celebration, festival, ball.
Someone tries to prevent her from going to the celebration.
She meets a young and eligible prince.
She is identified (by a lost shoe, ring, something else).
She marries the prince and lives happily ever after.
Good triumphs over evil.
3. What are the differences between folktales, fairy tales, myths, and religious stories?
Folktales (oral tradition—stories, entertainment, even if didactic/psychoactive)
Fairy tales (based on folktales—variations culturally specific)
Myths (the name for religious stories that the teller does not believe to be true—archetypal
Religious stories (narratives of actually true (or symbolically true) accounts of the nature of
the world as it is)
4. Have each group member tell a shortened version (from memory) of the fairy tale s/he read
from The International Children's Digital Library
Group Member
Title of Fairy Tale
Class Prep 6 - Week 2
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Chp 12 Picture Books, pp. 274-278
The Tale of Peter Rabbit 1 and The Tale of Peter Rabbit 2
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