Fractured Fairy Tales

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 26th, 2015 29 Replies

I love that Amara’s Dad is involved at her school. He works full time so he doesn’t get the opportunity to be there as much as her Mom does but he always takes the day off for special events like the trip to the OC Animal Shelter, The Gold Rush Days and Jog-a-thon — just to name a few. Recently he took the day off to speak to Amara’s class.

I asked Justin how this all came about. According to him, Amara’s teacher had asked him if he would come in and help with a writing project. Most of Amara’s classmates know Mr. Justin and they know that one of his books, Underhouse, is on the shelf in their classroom. Underhouse is not available to the public yet. He has also written 2 other books that are, Dúranaki Chronicles and Quarantine Lost. They are both available to download free at Justin’s site. As long as we are bragging about Justin let me just mention he is also an inventor on 4 patents.

Back to his visit to Amara’s class… He suggested making a parody musical of their play. Mrs. S’s class always does a play each year that ties in with something they are studying. Last year I got to see the 5th grade do The American Revolution and it was amazing. I can’t wait to see what she has planned for this year. But back to Justin, she already had fixed plans for the play. Instead, she suggested they work on Fractured Fairy Tales. They would be short parodies that the students would write and then perform.

According to Justin he spent about a half hour in the class giving a presentation to the students titled “So You Want to be a Writer”. He even created a 23-slide power point presentation. This is my favorite slide!

Justin's slide from his So You Want to be a Writer presentation

A month later, Justin took another day off and I went with him and Jenna to watch Amara’s table and a couple of others perform their Fractured Fairy Tales for some of the younger grades. I think I enjoyed watching it as much as the students did. My face hurt from smiling.

Since I had asked Justin about this project, I decided to ask Amara about it, too. I wanted to get her perspective on the whole thing. She said that Mrs. S had asked Daddy to come in and talk to them about “being more creative in their writing”. After he left each table (which is 5 students) picked a fairy tale to write a short parody they would act out. Her table had wanted to do Red Riding Hood but “another table got it first” so they were doing Jack in the Bean Stalk. They spent the first week coming up with ideas. They spent the second week writing their scripts, which “the whole table had to agree on” and apparently, that wasn’t always easy! Week 3, they practiced and made signup sheets so that the other teachers could sign up and the different groups would come and do their skit for their class. After each performance there was even a Q&A. Amara’s table began by explaining to their audience that they had to use a stand in as “Jack” had gone home sick! They were still great.

I am such a lucky Grandma to get to be part of all of this.

29 thoughts on “Fractured Fairy Tales

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Justin really should go on a book tour and visit you! He would have to bring Amara so that she could visit your creek and meet all of your wee ones! I know she would love to see your hives, too!

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  1. Launna

    I love how involved Amara’s whole family is with her… she is loved, that is very apparent..I also like that they are given challenges and they always rise to them xox

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara is lucky to have so much of her family live so close by. It does make it easier to feel all the love and support when we are all there every day. I just wish we could get her Aunt Sandy & Uncle Mark and her Aunt Allison and Uncle Bob to move closer.

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      1. Sandy

        Aunt Sandy and Uncle Mark would LOVE to live close by, but we are stuck here in the frozen tundra of Michigan.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Sarah, I originally started AmaraLand so that I could keep both my Sister and my Mom updated on Amara without having to write 2 emails! I never imagined other people would enjoy her as much as we do!

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  2. Justin

    I’m glad you liked my word cloud. :) It was a fun time. The kids were great. They were a great audience when I was speaking, they were all very attentive and asked questions afterward. I included some of Pixar Studio’s story writing tips during the presentation, too. They blogged those a few years ago and are pretty masterful at their art (plus I was sure all the kids would know Pixar). I heard Mrs. S liked my slide encouraging the kids to pursue an art in addition to whatever their career aspirations are: Be a Doctor AND a Writer!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You did a really good thing and you are a great Dad! I wish I could have added all the slides as liked the one you mentioned about encouraging kids to be more!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      About Justin, yes he wins those awards without a doubt! My only complaint is he won’t make me a margarita! It is running joke that he only makes them when I’m not coming over! He has been known to send me pictures of them. Jenna made an awesome choice. I couldn’t have picked a better person for her!

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  3. Joyce

    I love Judy’s comment above and agree completely! I had no idea that Justin was so multi-talented. Now I understand fully why Amara excels in everything she does. Between her parents and grandparents, every single facet of accomplishment is covered! And the best part is that it is all rolled up in with sharing those talents.
    I love Amara’s school. I have said that many times before. I have seen myself that teachers like Mrs. S, who recognize outside, “real life” skills and invite them in are the most successful.
    Very impressive! Everything!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Joyce! I am so glad we have all that we have! When your child is growing up you hope they find the right person and that they have a happy life. That isn’t always the case but Jenna and Justin sure have pulled it off!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I can’t wait until he publishes Underhouse, I really enjoyed it. Justin is special, not all dads will take the time off work to be at school that Justin does. Amara really understands how important all of us think her education is!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I would bet tweenage students would love to have you come visit their classroom. You should do it – who knows who you might inspire!

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  4. Sandy

    Amara is sure in good hands with her family and her school. She is going to be like a little bird who has been lovingly watched over in her nest. When it’s time for her to spread her wings and fly, she will be more than prepared and will take the world by storm!!! Uncle Mark and I are so proud of not only her, but her Mom and Dad and you and Grampy for all the effort you put forth.

    I have read Underhouse and I loved it! It was hard to put down!! This summer, when Kendal comes to visit us for a couple of weeks – we are going to sit down and read it to each other. I can hardly wait. She loves reading and still likes me to read to her, and I love having her read to me!

    And I have to put in a good word for Justin’s books that Kc mentioned above. If you like science fiction, you will love them! They are fantastic! I’m impatiently waiting for him to finish the next book!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara still likes me to read to her, too. What we do now is I read a page or a chapter depending on the book and then she reads one to me! Being a Grandma is wonderful! Having a daughter like Jenna and a SIL like Justin make it even better. Of course sharing it all with Grampy is just the icing on the cake!

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  5. Grampy

    What a great post!! I actually did not realize Justin was so talented and accomplished and it’s so great that he shares that with Amara and all the other kids. He and Jenna are such great parents.

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