Ap psychology: Unit 12 Disorders Ms. McClory and Ms. Paske Fractured Fairy Tale Project Spring 2017

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AP Psychology: Unit 12 Disorders Ms. McClory and Ms. Paske

Fractured Fairy Tale Project Spring 2017

You and a partner are going to rewrite a common fairy tale giving the main character(s) your disorder.

  1. Choose a fairy tale you are familiar with (refer to the list provided, if you are having trouble coming up with one).

  2. Using your textbook and any other research of the disorder, rewrite the story as it would be if the main character had that disorder.

  3. Stories should NOT name the disorder, but should describe it within the story.

  4. Type the finished story and include name(s) and class period(s). You should list the disorder under the heading BUT you will not read that to the class.

  5. Be prepared to discuss your character(s) and their disorder.

Students will read the fairy tales to the class. Using the knowledge gained from the text, students will be asked to diagnose what disorder the characters in the fairy tale have.
Disorder List (organized by category and subcategories), students choose one of the subcategories.

  1. Psychotic Disorder – difficulty recognizing reality

    1. Schizophrenia

  2. Mood Disorders – disturbances of emotions

    1. Major depressive disorder

    2. Bipolar disorder

  3. Anxiety Disorder – unexplained feelings of apprehensions and tenseness

    1. Phobia

    2. Generalized anxiety disorder

    3. Panic
    4. Obsessive compulsive disorder

    5. Post-traumatic stress disorder

  4. Dissociative Disorder – person’s sense of self separates from the individual’s memories, thoughts or feelings

    1. Dissociative identity disorder

    2. Dissociate amnesia/fugue

  5. Somatoform Disorder – physical problems occur for psychological reasons.

    1. Somatic symptom disorder

    2. Illness anxiety disorder (formerly Hypochondriasis)

    3. Conversion disorder

  6. Personality Disorder – unpleasant and peculiar personality patterns

    1. Antisocial Personality Disorder

    2. Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    3. Histrionic Personality Disorder

Possible Fairy Tales to Re-write


Chicken Little

Snow White

Peter Pan

Gingerbread Man


Beauty and the Beast

Princess and the Pea

The Frog Prince

Tom Thumb



The Lion and the Mouse

The Fox and the Grapes

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Sick Lion



Three Little Pigs

Little Mermaid

Hansel and Gretel

Jack and the Beanstalk

Ugly Duckling

Swan Princess

Little Red Riding Hood

The Boy who Cried Wolf

The Emperors New Clothes

King Midas

Stinky Cheese Man

The Ant and the Grasshopper

The Lion in Love

The Miser and His Gold

Country Mouse/City Mouse


This project is worth 50 points


  • Does the story follow a logical sequence of events with clear transitions?


  • Does the story show a creative application of the disorder?


  • Does the character demonstrate accurate symptoms of his/her mental disorder?

  • Can the audience deduce the disorder from the story?

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