Fairy Tale Characters Lesson Plan


Goal of the Lesson:  Students will be able to identify and describe characters in a fairy tale and how character actions push the story forward.

Lesson Assumptions:  Students already know the formula for a fairy tale (once upon a time… a long time ago… they lived happily ever after…) and can tell the difference between the protagonist (prince/princess/king/etc) and antagonist (witch/evil queen/dragon).

Lesson Introduction:  First I will ask students what they already know about fairy tales and the characters we usually meet in those types of stories.  Then we will read Paperbag Princess as a group and discuss the characters we meet and the overall story – how are the characters the same or different from traditional fairy tales we know, like Cinderella or Snow White.

Learning Standards:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3 - Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.


Learning Objectives:  Students will use their knowledge of traditional fairy tale characters and what they learned from reading Paperbag Princess to create their own characters for their own fairy tales they will write by the end of the unit.

Technology Needed:  iPad – Students will use Doodle Splash to draw out their characters.  They will also be able to describe their characters using the text function in Doodle Splash.   

Additional Materials Needed:  pencil and paper to make notes or jot down ideas if needed; but the character drawing and text should mainly be in Doodle Splash.  One copy of Paperbag Princess to read.  Stack of fairy tale books from the school library for students to reference and get inspiration.


Instructional procedures: 

            1. Teacher will model how to use Doodle Splash (how to use the art tools to draw a character and how to use the text function to describe the character)

            2.  Students will go on to Doodle Splash to draw two characters (a protagonist and antagonist), if there is them they will add text to describe the character

            3.  Students will save their work to be returned to at a later date as our unit continues

Differentiated Instruction:  This lesson is ideal for students who may struggle with holding a pencil as they can use their fingers to draw on the iPad.  For students who prefer a pencil, they can use a stylus to make their drawings on the iPad.  For students who struggle with writing, a list of descriptive terms will be provided for the student to either copy or circle, depending on the ability level. 


11. Rubrics: Very informal rubric for the teacher to assess if a student understands the character lesson or if they need additional support


Lesson Objective Met

Needs Additional Help

Created at least one protagonist and one antagonist



The protagonist and antagonist each have at least three descriptors



The student is able to explain how the descriptions of the protagonist and antagonist move the story forward



The student created their characters on Doodle Splash and was able to incorporate their text onto Doodle Splash as well




a. Informal Assessment:  Students will have the opportunity to share the characters they created with the class


b. Formal Assessment:  Students will use these characters in their own fairy tales that will be completed by the end of the fairy tale unit.

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Teacher Name:  Catrina Mayer

Grade Level:  3rd grade

Subject:  Language Arts