Monday, April 28, 2008


Over break I did not do anything for English because I was in France having the BEST spring break ever!! But this week I plan to do a lot.
I changed my project slightly, and now I have a more focused idea. I am going to read Grimms Brother, Aesops Fabels, and Anderson fairy tales. My research paper will be answering the question of weather or not these fairy tales can be applied to modern times. Then my project will be to write my own fairy tale using the same styles as the three mentioned, but with a modernize twist. I will present it in a book form illustrated with my pictures that I will take. Right now I am going to focus on the research paper, but I'm worried for the book that I'm not going to come up with a good idea. So I will try to brainstorm a little bit on what my modern day fairy tale will be about.
This week I am planning to read at least 15 of Aesop's Fables and 3 or 4 Grimms Brother tales and annotate them. I will be keeping an eye out for how these stories can relate back to today's time. I'm sure the lessons behind them will be modern, but maybe the settings they are placed in will be a little outdated. I think this is a reasonable goal for this week. Maybe if I work well, I will read more in the books.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

fourth marking period and fairy tales

So for my final English project of high school, I am researching fairy tales. When trying to come up with a project, I knew I wanted to include two elements, photography and fiction. The topic of fiction is very general, so I did some research to see if I could narrow down my selection. So for preliminary research, just to get a general overview, I went to Wikipedia. The first image on the website was an illustration from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.So, I decided to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but still hadn't narrowed what exactly I wanted to research. After discussing with several people, someone suggested studying fairy tales. Fairy tales may be aimed at a younger audience, but the morales are aimed at all of society. When I went home and discussed the topic with my mom and it turns out that we owned Aesop's Fables, Hans Christian Andersen's and Brothers Grimm fairy tales. So I'm not sure if I'm still going to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland because the other three books contain a large volume of these fairy tales.

^^Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm^^