The journey is a powerful story pattern in movies and fairy tales. Well-loved movies, such as The Wizard of Oz and Finding Nemo, have journeys that show characters growing as they develop mentors and friends and encounter obstacles. Fairy tales also have life-sustaining truths to tell; they encourage values such as trust, compassion, resilience, and independence. We will read scripts from movies and fairy tales such as Jack in the Beanstalk, The White Snake, King Thrushbeard, The Goose Girl, and Puss in Boots. Discussions follow our readings so we have time to ask questions and reflect. The idea is to turn the reading of great stories from an individual experience into an engaging, social experience.
John Chamberlain is an eighth grade English teacher at the Clarke Middle School.