Fairy Tale Grab Bags
Students often have a difficult time picking a topic to write a thesis about. They also get stuck researching the topic. It's anything BUT a fairy tale when teachers ask middle school students to write.
This activity solves that problem by giving students bags with the materials they need to form thesis statements. You'll be surprised with the interesting and fun ideas kids generate based on these tried and true fairy tales.
Teachers can extend the activity by asking students to write a thesis-driven essay based on their statement or to develop research skills, you can challenge students to develop their own grab bags to share with their classmates. Once you get the idea, make your own bags based on current class topics from historical happenings to current events.
Fairy Tale Grab Bags handout
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Three Little Pigs
Jack and the Beanstalk
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Little Red Riding Hood
The Boy Who Cried Wolf