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Westcourt iCentre: English - Fairytales

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Traditional Fairy Tales

Common fairytale elements

1. A fairy tale begins with "Once upon a time...”
2. Fairy tales happen in the long ago.
3. Fairy Tales have fantasy and make believe in them.
4. Fairy Tales have clearly defined Good characters vs. Evil characters.
5. Royalty is usually present in a fairy tale, a beautiful princess/handsome prince.
6. There may be magic with giants, elves, talking animals, witches or fairies.
7. Fairy tales have a problem that needs to be solved.
8. It often takes three tries to solve the problem.
9. Fairy tales have happy endings – “they all lived happily ever after.”
10. Fairy tales usually teach a lesson or have a theme. 

Books based on fairy tales

We love traditional fairy tales, but putting a sexier spin on old favorites can add some extra magic. We've rounded up some of the best retellings of classic tales out there — ones chock-full of evil stepsisters, wicked witches, dark curses, mermaids, and Prince Charmings — but with a few new twists and turns.:

Resources - Read and Listen

READ these tales by the brothers GRIMM

Grimms Fairy tales - e-book

READ these stories from Hans Christian Andersen

LISTEN to some tales here from the MYTHS & LEGENDS PODCAST

SEARCH Library Catalogue for books 

Clickview Fairy Tales Folder

Multimodal Tools

CANVA is an online design and publishing tool.  You can create anything here, from a poster to animated presentation...and it's free!

Watch this tutorial to get you started.

Here are some image search engines to help you locate copyright friendly pictures

Photos for Class

Use some of these sites to locate copyright friendly music

Jamendo Free Music




You can also use the AUDACITY app on your computer to edit your music/sound clip.

HERE are some instructions.


Windows has a feature embedded into the Photo gallery which enables you to easily create videos.  Simply import your images/photos, add some sound/music, tinker with transitions and timings and publish.

WATCH this guide to get you started.

READ these guides for detailed instructions.

You can use web tools which  allow you to read your script while presenting....just like real-life anchors.

To maintain eye-contact  with your camera, split your screen with the Teleprompter on the top half and presentation on the bottom half of your screen.