Bedtime Stories – Teacher's Guide Overview Many children are read bedtime stories. Some are scary, some are funny and others have a moral. In this activity the students will discuss the bedtime stories they were told as children and find out what makes a good bedtime story. They will be asked to compare and contrast the themes and characteristics of these stories and read some modern and classical stories on-line.
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... identify and compare variations in text themes over several generations.
... express personal ideas about cultural or social themes in literary texts.
... compare literature and other cultural products with real life experiences.
Ask the students if they remember being told bedtime stories as young children. Ask them if they remember being told stories in kindergarten. Some students may not remember and others may not have been told stories. On the blackboard list the following information:
From what age to what age were they read stories?
Which stories do they remember as their favourites?
What type of stories were these (funny, scary, morality)?
What made their favourite story so special?
You may discuss the following topics:
The different types of bedtime/childhood stories they heard and their characters.
Why are many of the childhood/bedtime stories' characters animals and not people?
What do you think is the purpose of a bedtime story?
Have bedtime stories changed over the years?
Have the students fill out the BedtimeStory Questionnaire. If they don't remember the answers, suggest they ask their parents.
Are there any differences or similarities between the responses of boys and girls?
Are there any differences or similarities between firstborn middle and last child in the family?
If any of the students have younger brothers or sisters, ask them to find out which stories are read to them. Ask them to compare the stories read to them when they were younger. Are the characters similar? Are the themes similar?
Ask the students to write a 150 word composition on one of these two topics:
The students compare their answers to the questionnaire to their parents' answers.
The students compare the changes in similar stories read over several generations.
Ask the students to choose and read one of these bedtime stories and compare it with stories they heard as children.
Are the themes similar or different? How?
Cinderella stories over the centuries (high level material). Send the students to The Cinderella Project. This is a site where students can read different versions of the Cinderella story and see the changes made to the original story over time.
Ask the students to present a timeline showing when each version was written.
Write an explanation of how the changes in the story related to historical facts or social expectations of society.
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Bedtime Stories – Questionnaire
Many children are told bedtime stories before they go to sleep. Some stories are read from a book, others are made up by parents. Do you remember if your parents told you bedtime stories? If you don't, ask your parents.
Did your parents read you bedtime stories when you were younger? Yes / No
If yes, did they read to you from a book?
If no, what did your parents do to get you to quiet down before going to sleep
Did they tell you stories or sing songs to you before you went to sleep?
Yes / No
How old were when you your parents stopped reading or telling bedtime stories?
Who read you the stories?
What was your favorite bedtime or childhood story?
What was the theme of the story?
Was it funny, scary, moralistic or other?
Why was this bedtime story your favorite?
Who where the characters in the story?
What was your favorite part of the story?
Why was is your favorite?
If you can, read the bedtime story again. What do you think of it now?