In this writing lesson, Rapunzel gets to tell her perspective!
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Kids enjoy a twist on a familiar story. For this writing lesson, the students write in 1st person as if they are Rapunzel. They share what life is really like with 70 feet long hair and being stuck in a tower. Children are certainly free to write from the perspective of the parents, the witch or the prince. However, for the sake of this lesson, I’m focusing on Rapunzel.
Rapunzel’s Easy Art Accent
One thing that makes this guided writing lesson so charming is the easy art accent that goes around the border of the child’s finished writing. You can find the steps to this art accent following the writing lesson below!
Common Core State Standards
NOTE: This lesson can address the following Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3, RL.K.9, RL.1.3, RL.1.9, RL2.3, RL.2.6, RL.3.6, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.5.3 and RL.5.6
NOW FOR THE LESSON!
To get a full understanding on how I conduct each writing lesson you may want to read the Writing Prompts Introduction post. This Rapunzel writing lesson outlined below (and all other prompts posted) will make more sense and be easier to follow and use. Here’s the bordered and lined paper I use for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7
Tell the Story Line
First, tell the story line: “You’re going to write in 1st person as if you are Rapunzel. You’re going to share details about what life is like with 70 feet of hair and also what life is like stuck in a tower.”
Next, have the students brainstorm information gathered from the story:
- Rapunzel is named after an herb
- Her mom craved the herb during pregnancy
- Her dad stole the herb from a witch’s garden
- The witch caught him
- He was allowed to take all the Rapunzel he wanted and had to give the baby to the witch
- The witch named her Rapunzel
- When Rapunzel was 12 the witch put her in a tower in the forest
- Rapunzel’s hair grew and she had a beautiful voice
- A prince heard her and climbed her hair to visit her
- The witch cut her hair and sent her to the desert
Then, have the students brainstorm daily life for Rapunzel:
- Washing, combing and braiding her hair (fun or frustrating?)
- Being alone in the tower (good or bad?)
- Activities in the tower (bored or creative? Singing….what else?)
Lastly, have the students brainstorm thoughts that Rapunzel may have had about:
- Her name or her parents’ greediness
- The cruelty of the witch
- Her long hair or living in the tower
- The witch climbing her hair!
- Meeting the prince
- Leaving the tower
Show the 5 Sections
- Rapunzel’s Name
- Her Parents/The Witch
- Long Hair
- Time in the Tower
- The Prince
Remember: K-1st Graders are encouraged to write 1 sentence for each section, 2nd Graders 2 sentences, 3rd Graders 3 sentences and so on.
NOW TO WRITE!
Guide the students through the following steps. Remind your students to use 1st person, “I” and “my” throughout their writing. Encourage them to refer to the list of thoughts that Rapunzel could have and include them in their writing. Their words can be serious or super silly!
- First, introduce yourself and explain your name.
Hello! I am Rapunzel. Do you know anyone else named after an herb? I don’t know anyone name basil, oregano or parsley, do you?! Well, my mom wanted to eat Rapunzel all day long when she was pregnant with me….
2. Second, write your thoughts about your parents and the witch.
So, my dad went looking for some. He found Rapunzel in a garden and stole it! My dad was a complete thief and paid for it terribly. The evil witch made my dad give me to her after I was born!
3. Third, write about your long hair.
I grew really long hair. It was so heavy. It took me 24 hours, an entire day, just to wash it. The first time I tried to braid it, I got all tangled up….
4. Fourth, write about your time in the tower. Think creatively. Anything can happen!
Now, the tower, was a blast! I wasn’t bored at all. I just wanted the witch to feel bad, so I told her I was lonely and bored. Actually, birds would bring me flowers. I would use the petals to paint murals…
OR, there were tiny fairies in the cracks of the walls. They would come out at night and play games with me….
5. Lastly, write about meeting the prince and your escape.
Then, one day, I heard a deep voice. I looked out the window and…
Print the Lesson
Rapunzel’s Braided Art Accent
As soon as students finish writing they can complete the braided art accent. Here are the steps!
- First, color in two black triangles at the top left and right corner of the paper.
2. Draw and color in two tall black rectangles to represent windows.
3. Third, use a gray marker to draw horizontal parallel lines down each tower.
4. Draw vertical lines to show bricks. Try to stagger the vertical lines.
5. Fifth, punch a hole in one of the windows.
6. Sixth, group 6 pieces of yellow yarn and thread them through the hold.
7. Seventh, turn the paper over and tape all 6 pieces of yarn to the paper.
8. Turn the paper back over. Pair the 6 pieces of yarn so that you have 3 strands to braid. Then, braid the yarn!
9. Tape the end of the braid to the paper. Finish the art accent by adding green grass, flowers, bushes etc. at the bottom of the page.
Done! (These steps are included in the PDF lesson above.)
Games to Play
Sentence Scramblers: (#1 in our list of 5 Top Writing Games)
Use these sentences to scramble.
Other Versions of Rapunzel
Consider reading these versions of Rapunzel* to your students as well.