|Age Range||12-17 (see details)|
|Start / End Dates||Tuesdays 9/14-11/16|
|Class Time||1-2pm (Mountain)|
|Class Size||5-10 Learners|
|10-week course||$300 Per Student|
|10-week course with individual feedback||$350|
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Feminism and Fairy Tales will take a deeper look at the global legends and myths in the storytelling tradition to explore the evolution of meaning and values placed on girls and women over time. Through an age-appropriate examination of the feminine roles in the fairy tale genre, we will be learning the history and evolution of these tales from around the world, deconstructing the themes we find, and building our own vision of identity through reading, writing, discussion, and art.
Students will read both traditional fairy tales and a selection of modern, alternative retellings. Feminist and queer theory will also be introduced and explored within the stories we deconstruct. Writing will include creative, comparative, and literary analysis assignments. This foundation of this class will also rely heavily on art and making as a visual and kinesthetic expression of our experience and will include painting, bookmaking, sculpting, and more. This session will cover versions of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Mulan, and is open to any student interested in the subject.
This is a 10-week course on Tuesdays 1-2:30pm (Mountain) from 9/14-11/16
Usually 3-4 hours per week of work, including class. Time spent on outside reading, assignments, and finishing projects started in class will vary by student.
Weekly Reading of original fairy tales and modern retellings, writing assignments to prepare for in-class discussions, and finishing art projects started in class. There will also be a final project-based presentation. List of materials needed will be provided.
The original fairy tales are dark, with themes that include issues of consent, violence, and more, and will come up in discussion. Because of this, the age requirement is strict, and individual maturity should be considered when signing up for this class.
Students who choose to receive feedback from me will co-create a rubric based on goals we set together for the course. This can include literary content, writing, etc. Feedback students meet with me at least twice to discuss progress and do a self-assessment.
Weekly feedback is provided via email and is based on both the rubric and my observations. Students are asked send me their assignments by the day before class.
This course is eligible for a 0.5 high school Humanities (academic elective) or Language Arts credit based on completion of all required assignments, projects, and class participation. A transcript-ready course description at the end of class. Evaluations are available to students who choose to receive individual feedback.
Families and learners are welcome to share any information about their individual learning preferences and needs and instructor will make accommodations that are helpful to the class.
All of the fairy tales we will be reading are available for free online. Links will be provided. Below are the modern re-tellings we will be specifically analyzing in this class. I chose them for very specific reasons relating to theme or characters, and you can find many if not all of them at the library if you’d prefer not to purchase the books. Extra resources and options for those who want to read more will be included in each week’s assignments.
Cinderella: The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine
This book is set in a fantasy world in which the prince and the main character, Blue, aren’t exactly friends in the beginning. How Blue is forced into servitude and the magic that exists in this world is handled much differently, but some elements, such as pumpkins and shoes, show up in unexpected ways! This book is part of a series but there is no cliff-hanger- it can stand alone.
Red Riding Hood: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
This book is set in a modern-day dystopia, in which Red is trying to get to her grandmother’s house amidst a deadly pandemic. Note- there is some slightly graphic violence and a bit of language; this book hovers between almost science fiction and a little bit of horror. There are some relatable, relevant themes and topics which will be really interesting to explore.
Sleeping Beauty: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
This is a very short book that firmly stays in the genre of fairy tale, but completely changes the story of Sleeping Beauty and eliminates the role of the prince. The illustrations are as important as the story!
Mulan: The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
We’ll be reading the re-telling of the original ballad of Mulan in the first week alongside the shorter translations of this epic tale.
Mulan: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Set in a fantasy world based on the historical Silk Road, the main character Maia is the daughter of a formerly renowned tailor. When he is summoned to the royal palace, she must take his place to compete for the position of the Emperor’s tailor. This is the first book in a duology, but it ends with enough closure to explore the connection between this story and the tale of Mulan. Note there is mild romance, nothing explicit but hints at a physical relationship between the two characters.
This class is and hour and a half long because we will also be expressing our ideas creatively as a part of our discussions. A list of required materials will be listed in the Teachable classroom.
Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Parents will need a Zoom account (free). Students may also get a free Discord account for access to a class-specific channel.
Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT
Samantha is an educator, historian, writer, maker, and speaker. She has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and is a dedicated mentor and lifelong learner.
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