[PHOTO] Clark 8th Graders Venture “Into The Woods”

CLARK –A fairy tale holds the promise of a happy ending, right? Not necessarily.

The students in Ms. Hamilton’s 8th grade Honors English class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark have been reading and analyzing original fairy tales from the collection of The Brothers Grimm. After a lesson about the history of the fairy tale genre, students took to comparing and contrasting the original Grimm fairy tales to the better-known Disney versions. Students were incredibly shocked to notice that the Grimm characters do not always encounter the “happily-ever-afters” that Disney has taught them to believe. Ms. Hamilton’s students investigated the reasons why Disney might choose to weave these originally morbid fairy tales into pleasant stories with songs, talking animals, and happy endings.

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The 8th grade Honors English class made a transition into reading Stephen Sondheim’s play, Into The Woods. Each student has an important part in the play and throughout the reading and acting, the class stops to ask questions, make inferences, and predict the next series of events. Pictured above, Ryan King plays the part of the Wolf alongside Jessica Gannon as Little Red Riding Hood and Meaghan Gallagher as Granny. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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