Once Upon a Time

Robert Munsch's The Paperbag Princess and Jon Scieszkafrom's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs launch a discussion of the role of stereotypes in stories and movies.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups consider how Disney princesses have evolved from Snow White and Sleeping Beauty's Aurora to Frozen's Anna and Elsa or Brave's Merida
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson presumes that class members are unaware of how Disney's presentation of stock characters has changed over the years

  • The exercise acknowledges the time constraints that influence the use of stereotypes to quickly create character identify

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