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An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic Unit on Fairy Tales. "Once Upon a Time, fairy tales weren't written simply to entertain young childrenà" These stories of wonder and enchantment are far older than the versions that we read today. Fairy tales were magical stories and folk tales that were told and retold from generation to generation, a vehicle for passing on important lessons of life. Long after the invention of the printing press, these tales became popular in their written forms (17th-century France - Charles Perrault, later in Germany when collected and recorded by the Grimm brothers). The intended audience and inherent purpose changed, but these tales were important as a literary genre and as a window to life in the Middle Ages.
The essential concepts of this unit are: the importance of Perrault and the Grimm brothers in recording oral European folktales, the characteristics and purpose of a fairy tale as a literary genre, the fairy tale as a reflection of life in the Middle Ages in Europe, reading comprehension strategies
(recognizing cognates, symbolism, etc.), key linguistic structures of the foreign language in which they are being studied (depending on language level - adjectives and their agreement, verb tenses, narration in the past, narration techniques, etc.), vocabulary associated with fairy tales and the Middle Ages (setting, animals, etc.), the universality of the major themes/lessons of the fairy tales.

N.B.: The standards indicated in this document are taken from the Draft Academic Content Standards for Foreign Language for the state of Ohio. These standards are scheduled to be adopted by the State Board
Of Education in December, 2003. Also, this draft document is a K-12 document, and it has not been possible to realign the standards to fit a 7-12 or a 9-12 foreign language program for this integrated, interdisciplinary thematic unit.