Begin by asking your students what a fairytale is. Explain that a fairytale is an oral tradition that contains a magical element and has a common theme of good overcoming evil. Continue by explaining that a folktale is a story that has been passed down from generation to generation that does not have just one author. Finish by telling your students that fables are short oral traditions that teach some sort of moral and often use animals as the characters.
Have them give you examples of some of the fairytales, folktales, and fables they have heard. Listen to the audio version of The Three Little Pigs. Discuss whether it is a fairytale, folktale, or fable. Segue into reading The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Be sure to show the students the pictures as you read.
After reading, explain that there are many different versions of popular stories like this one. Discuss Scieszka’s version and how it compares to the classic story. This would also be a great time to discuss point of view. Set out the picture books and have the students choose one to rewrite from the perspective of a different character, similar to what Scieszka did by writing his story from the point of view of the wolf.
Tell the students to imitate Scieszka’s story, in that they are telling the story from the perspective of one of the characters, adding twists in plot, and a few elements of humor. Once they complete their rough draft, have them peer edit with a partner, using the guidelines below. After peer editing, have the students write or type their final copy.