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How To Write a Fairy Tale – Fairy Tale Writing Center and Activities

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This Write a Fairy Tale Writing Center will motivate even your most reluctant writers. It provides CHOICE and includes the TOOLS and GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS necessary to plan and write great fairy tales. I wrote this unit for primary students, but it can be used with students in grades 1-5.

There are 9 Fairy Tale Elements posters you can use with this unit along with PLOT, SETTING, CHARACTER, and OBJECT cards. Students can select the plot, setting, and characters for their story which allows each student to create their own unique fairy tale. No more having each student respond to the exact same writing prompt! Be sure to download the preview to see more!

With so much emphasis on social-emotional learning, they are a great resource for teaching kindness, cooperative learning, getting along with others, and so much more!


Students often struggle with writing because they are told to just “start writing.” The graphic organizers included will allow your students to think about their stories and plan before they actually begin writing. There is also a writing checklist so students can make sure they have all the necessary elements in their story before they submit the final product.

TIP: Do not put out all the cards at any one time in the center. Too much choice is overwhelming, especially for younger students. There are enough cards so you can put out a few each week. I would select 6-8 problem cards at any one time to put out.


  • A poster about the elements of a Fairy Tale
  • 9 Fairy Tale Elements Posters
  • 20 SettingCards, 44 Character Cards, 32 Problem/Plot Cards, and 28 Object Cards
  • Charts for Transition Words, Vivid Verbs, Fairy Tale Words, and Sensory Words
  • Graphic Organizers for Story Map, Story Summary, and Sensory Words
  • Checklist for your story
  • themed papers for students to write stories on


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