Fractured Fairy Tales

Key Words: Curriculum Materials, Language, K-6


There's nothing like a variation on the theme to get the mind to work overtime. So, when students begin to complain about doing the same thing over and over again, give them this assignment: Write your own fractured fairy tale.

Of course, a little bit of background information and an example or two may be required, but these are easily brought forth, each with different lessons of their own. The book written by Jon Sczieszka and illustrated by Daniel Adel, "The Book that Jack Wrote," is a take-off on "The House that Jack Built." Although rather surreal, it is worth reading - if not for its new take on the classic favorite, at least for its wonderful sequencing. Sczieszka also offers "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," and "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," (including "Chicken Licken," "The Really Ugly Duckling," "The Tortoise and the Hair," "Cinderumpelstiltskin," "Little Red Running Shorts," "Jack's Bean Problem," and more).

Depending on the age of your students, you may also try to get ahold of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle sketches. Their "Fractured Fairy Tales" series would be the perfect addition to such a lesson, provided that kids are old enough to comprehend. Another idea for the high school/junior high level, you might be able to use "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories" or "Once Upon a More Enlightened Time," both by James Finn Garner.

There are a couple of examples on the internet. One shows two examples of Hawaiian fractured fables. These can be found at The other offers an example of one fractured fairy tale for free, and many more for a rather low cost. These can be purchased and used in the classroom. Their web address is

Once your students have some sort of starting block, all you need to do is sit back and watch the creative juices flow. The stories students come up with is astounding, and you'll appreciate their creativity as much as they appreciate the assignment. (Thank you to for contributing to this article.)

This information was taken from the Teacher's Edition Online Newsletter.

Uploaded by: Jodi Gray/KSU/Deaf Education Major