Hans Christian Andersen Teacher Resources

From “Thumbelina” to “The Emporer’s New Clothes,” the tales of Hans Christian Andersen continue to entertain children and adults alike. His magical characters and worlds of bright whimsy could put the stories in a fairy tale category, but the relatable characters and lessons learned throughout his collection could also be classified as folktales. How would you categorize them?

Learn more about Hans Christian Andersen with a lesson that could be used with any of his stories. Additionally, an activity from the Getty Museum inspires young learners to picture Andersen’s characters in the context of popular art from his lifetime time.

Want to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday in your literature class? A Lesson Planet article provides several ideas for commemorating the author who brought happiness to many generations. For theater classes, an examination of a stage adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” promotes close reading and critical thinking skills.

No matter how you bring these delightful tales to the classroom, the quaint enchantment of Hans Christian Andersen’s world will bring a smile to any student’s face.

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