World Literature: Fairy Tales & Folklore of the World Book Club - Rapunzel Stories

"Sample" class for Unit 1 of my 2-semester world literature program on fairy tales and folklore from around the world! Learners will compare/contrast classic versions of Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm, Mlle de La Force, and Giambattista Basile.
Ashley P
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over 1 week


year olds


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per learner - per class

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Class Experience

As this is a literature course, it is reading intensive. Learners will read three versions of the same story, and they are all short—15 pages total.

Students will also write one compare and contrast discussion post, due prior to the last day of class.
Students are expected to read the stories for this course outside of class time. All of these folk and fairy tales are available for free in the public domain, and any translation you have or can access of the versions we are studying (i.e., attributed to the authors we are studying) will work for the purposes of this world literature course. However, some translations are more enjoyable to read than others. 

I personally use the $1 Kindle edition of Persinette (French Fairy Tales & Folklore Book 1), translated by Laura Christensen: https://www.amazon.com/Persinette-French-Fairy-Tales-Folklore-ebook/dp/B00UDG5GN2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=persinette&qid=1622670336&sr=8-1
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
2 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
We will be reading traditional, "un-Disney" versions of well-loved fairy tales, many of which do not have happily ever after endings. The classic fairy tales are known to be pretty grim, but learners who may be sensitive to gory stories or who are especially attached to a particular version of one of the tales may benefit from parental support. 

The book I recommend in the Learner Supply List has been deemed appropriate for teenagers by the publisher, due to the included commentary on each version of the story and its author, which the learners are not expected to read for this class—the Rapunzel story itself is frequently included in compilations of classic fairy tales for children. If you and your learner find the tales elsewhere, I recommend skimming through them first if there are any concerns about upset reactions.
de La Force, Charlotte-Rose de Caumont. Persinette and other maiden-in-a-tower fairy tales. Translated by Laura Christensen, Kindle ed., French Fairy Tales and Folklore Book 1, Looseleaf Editorial & Production, LLC, 2014.


Ashley P
Lives in the United States
Writer and Teacher of Writing, Reading, the English Language, and Yoga! Lifelong Learner :)
36 total reviews
94 completed classes

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I am so happy to be here and for the opportunity to teach your child(ren) all about the fascinating world that exists within the English language! I have bachelor's degrees in both psychology and English, with a focus on writing, as well as my... 
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