• to help learners consolidate and develop their vocabulary by active
• to practise intensive reading of a fairy tale and explaining what
happened in it
• to practise writing a fairy tale
• to develop students' creative skills
The first stories that parents tell their very young children are fairy
tales. What fairy tales did your parents read or tell you when you were small?
What are your favourite fairy tales? Why do you like them?
Introducing the Topic
Vocabulary. Idiomatic Language
by the book — according to the rule (informal);
close the book on somebody or something — to put an end to a matter
which concerns someone or something;
crack a book — to open the book to study. (Slang. Almost always in the
to have one's nose in a book — to be reading a book; to read books all
hit the books — to begin to study; to study (informal);
in one's book — in one's opinion (informal)
make book on something — to make or accept bets on something (slang)
Complete the sentences with the expressions.
1. John is_(making book) on the football game this Saturday.
2. He always plays the game_(by the book).
3. _(In my book), this is the
best that money can buy.
4. It's time to_(close the book) on the Frariklin case.
5. I passed the test with an A, and I didn't even_(crack a book).
6. Well, time to_(hit the books).
7. Bob_(has his nose in a book) every time I see him.
Fairy tales often begin with the words "Once upon a time...".
These short stories usually have unreal characters and animals. Sometimes the
stories contain a moral or lesson. They are very old. People had known them a
very long time before they appeared in books. Some famous collections of
stories of this kind are Aesop's Fables and Grimm' Tales. A story about little
girl, Little Red Riding Hood, and a wolf is one of the best-known fairy tales.
The class is divided into two groups. The students of the first group
read James Thurber's version of the fairy tales "Little Red Riding
Hood", which is called "The Little Girl and the Wolf'.
The students of the second group read Ronald Dahl's version "Little
Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.
THE LITTLE GIRL AND THE WOLF James Thurber
One afternoon a big wolf waited in a dark forest for a little girl to
come along carrying a basket of food to her grandmother. Finally a little girl
did cone along and she was carrying a basket of food. "Are you carrying a
basket of food to your grandmother?" asked the wolf. The little girl said
yes, she was. So the wolf asked her where her grandmother lived and the little
girl told him and he disappeared into the wood.
When the little girl opened the door of her grandmother's house she saw
that there was somebody in bed with a nightcap and nightgown. She had approached
to nearer than twenty-five feet from the bed when she saw that it was not her
grandmother but the wolf, for even in a nightcap a wolf doesn't look any more
like your grandmother than the Metro-Goldwyn Hon looks like Calvin Coolidge. So
the little girl took an automatic gun out of her basket and shot the wolf dead.
Key: 25 feet = 7.5 metres approximately
Calvin Coolidge = President of the USA (1923-1929)
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE WOLF
As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
When the Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And the Wolf said, "May I come in?"
Poor grandmother was terrified,
"He's going to eat me up!" she cried.
And she was absolutely right.
He ate her with one big bite.
But Grandmother was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, "That's not enough!
I haven't yet begun to feel
That I have had a decent meal!"
He ran around the kitchen yelping,
"I've got to have another helping!"
Then added with a frightful leer,
"I'm therefore going to wait right here
Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Comes home from walking in the wood".
He quickly put on Grandma's clothes,
(Of course he hadn't eaten those.)
He dressed himself in a coat and hat.
He put on shoes and after that
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma's chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She stared. And she said,
"What great big ears you have, Grandma".
"All the better to hear you with", the Wolf replied.
"What great big eyes you have, Grandma",
said Little Red Riding Hood.
"All the better to see you with", the Wolf replied.
He sat there watching her and smiling and smiled.
He thought, "I'm going to eat this child.
Compared with her old grandmamma
She's going to taste like caviar".
The Little Red Riding Hood aid, "But grandma,
What a lovely great big furry coat you have on".
"That's wrong!" Cried Wolf. "Have you forgotten
to tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I'm going to eat you anyway".
The small little girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature's head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a chance! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, "Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT".
The students on the both groups compare two tales: the original fairy
tale and its new version and find differences. After that the groups exchange
their representatives who tell the students of the other group the new version
of the famous fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood".
A writing game "Fairytale Update"
This activity works well with the students in small groups of three,
four, or five. There are two versions of the game.
Make enough copies of the Traditional ingredients sheets for there to be
a handful of ingredients for each group. Cut the 'ingredients' and put them
into a bag or a hat.
Begin by reading or telling the students a fairy tale, such as The
Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Pea or The Frog Prince.
Then ask each group to dip into the bag and take a handful of
ingredients. Then they should write a fairy tale combing those ingredients.
Copy both the Traditional and the Modern ingredients sheets, so that
there will be enough ingredients for every group to take a handful for each.
Cut them up and pit them in separate hats or bags.
Begin by reading or telling the students a fairy tale, such as "The
Sleeping Beauty", "The Princess and the Pea" or "The Frog
Pass round the bags and ask each group individual to take a (small)
handful from each.
Ask them to create their own modernized fairytale, combing all the ingredients,
traditional and modem, they have selected.
FAIRYTALE UPDATE (Traditional ingredients)
a prince a witch
a princess a castle
a magic carpet
a Fairy Godmother a talking bird
a tree with magic fruit
a talking fish
a talking bird
a flying house
a wishing well
a magic cup
a magic sword
a drop of blood
a magic rnirror
FAIRYTALE UPDATE (Modern ingredients) a magic walkman
a magic jacuzzi
a talking goldfish
a bank robber a punk
a yuppie prince
a talking house plant
a magic washing machine that can rinse out all your troubles
a Swiss penknife with magic powers to get you out of difficult
a bottomless bank account
a radio that you can tune in to other people's thoughts
a magic cash card
a flying car
a bank clerk
a pop star
a feminist princess
a magic lipstick that makes you beautiful
a suitcase that will hold anything
a video camera that can record the future a digital watch that can tell
you how many years you have left to live
a pocket calculator that makes decisions for you
a telephone line to your Fairy Godmother
a news reporter a politician
a computer that can grant wishes
a suit that makes a wearer invisible
training shoes that will make you run at supersonic speeds
a hamster who is really a filmstar
Write a new version of one of the famous fairy tales.