Lesson Plan

Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements

Story elements help to bring beloved fairy tales to life in this literacy lesson. Your students will learn to identify the title, author, setting, characters, problem, and solution in a fiction text.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Elements of Fairy Tales pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Elements of Fairy Tales pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify the elements of a fictional text.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Famous Fairy TalesFairy Tale Graphic Organizer
  • Begin this lesson by having the following headings written on the dry erase board: title, author, characters, setting, problem, and solution. Alternatively, project the Fairy Tale Organizer onto the wall or whiteboard.
  • Review the definitions of the terms written or projected in the classroom.
  • Tell your students they are going to use their knowledge of story elements to create classroom posters. Remind the class that story elements are the fundamental parts of a story. For example, the setting is where the story takes place.
  • Ask the students to think about the story elements of a common fairy tale, such as Cinderella.
  • Beginning:
  • Define the story elements in English and student's home language (L1) prior to the lesson.
  • Read Cinderella with ELs prior to the lesson, explicitly referring to the story elements.
  • Intermediate:
  • Provide students with a word bank with story elements and connecting visuals to refer to throughout the lesson.