Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz
by Eric Kincaid
[Fairy Tale]

Dorothy lived in Kansas with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and her dog, Toto. One day, while only Dorthy and Toto were in the house, a tornado came and lifted their house high into the sky. When the house finally landed back on the ground, they were in Munchkin Land. The house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, and killed her. The munchkins were so happy that the witch was dead that they gave Dorothy her magic read slippers. They told Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City, where she could ask the Wizard of Oz how to get home. Dorothy put on the shoes and went on her way with Toto. Along the way she ran into a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Lion, all who wanted something from the wizard, and joined her in her treck. They finally reached the Land of Oz. When they got inside the palace, they each told the wizard what they came for, and he told them all that he would help them only if they killed the Wicked Witch of the West. The Wicked Witch of the West had seen them coming towards the palace, and tried to stop them by sending wolves, crows, and bees. Finally, she sent flying monkeys who dropped Tin Man on rocks, pulled the straw out of Scarecrow, put Lion in a cage, and took Dorothy to the Wicked Witch's castle. The Witch saw Dorothy's shoes and became so angry that she kicked Toto. Enraged, Dorothy took a bucket of water and dumped it on the Witch. This caused the witch to melt away and die. Dorothy then found Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man and returned to the Wizard of Oz. The room where they had been to see him before was empty except for a green screen. Lion knocked the screen over and the Wizard was behind it. The four of them got what they wanted from the Wizard. The Good Witch of the South appeared to rescue Dorothy. She told her to tap her heels together three times and tell the shoes where she wanted to go. Dorothy made it home. The Good Witch made Scarecrow the ruler of Emerald City, the Tin Man ruler of the Winkies, and Lion King of the forest.

This is a good story to introduce upper elementary students to fairy tales. I would do a read aloud with the class to begin the unit, and then dicuss the elements of fairy tales. We would then go back through the story and point out where we see these elements. I would then have students choose another fairy tale and identify the components of fairy tales within that story.

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