ERIC Number: ED412533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The Beanstalk and Beyond: Developing Critical Thinking through Fairy Tales.
Wolf, Joan M.
Intended for teachers of grades 4-8, this book presents a method of developing critical thinking skills through fairy tales. The book shows educators how to use popular fairy tales and fairy tale characters to help students develop problem solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and writing proficiency. It gives a multitude of activities, adaptable to virtually any fairy tale in almost any learning environment, challenging students to move beyond the simplistic study of fairy tales to develop in-depth comprehension. The book's chapters cover characterization, perspective, and story creation. The book also provides extensive guidelines for projects--what materials are needed, how long the project will take, and skill levels that are covered. The book gives a variety of warm-up exercises to help students prepare for lengthier projects, which can be modified for a variety of learning levels. Contains a list of 110 fairy tales divided into categories including traditional, contemporary, and multicultural fairy tales and others. (CR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, Educational Environment, Fairy Tales, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Strategies, Middle Schools, Problem Solving, Reading Instruction, Student Development, Student Projects, Teaching Guides, Thinking Skills
Teacher Ideas Press, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, CO 80155-6633 ($18.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A