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Week 2 Tutorial Questions:

Individual Task: Students identify the first book they recall reading. Draw the cover and highlight what they remember. Group Task: Students identify and discuss the features of children stories based on the books they remember reading.

The Title of the Story: The Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch) Genre: Fictional picture book Theme: Fairytales Features: 1) Characters Princess Elizabeth: A brave, smart and resilient young woman, Elizabeth's quest to save Ronald from the dragon shows her how unworthy Ronald is of her loyalty and affection.

Prince Ronald: Ronald is a narcissistic and selfish prince. He has picked Elizabeth for his queen, even though he does not really love her. When the dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps him, Elizabeth goes to great lengths to rescue him, but he does not appreciate the love she has shown him. Elizabeth realizes that he is a shallow, conceited jerk and they part. Dragon: He is the typical depiction of the European dragon, with green scaly skin, an alligator belly, two small wings, and four scaly feet with eagle talons. He can breathe fire, which puts him at the very top of the animal food chain and makes him physically superior to mankind in the medieval time period in which the story is set. His flames are extremely powerful. In the plot, he attacks Princess Elizabeth's castle and kidnaps Prince Ronald.

2) Storyline: Princess Elizabeth plans on marrying Prince Ronald, who is practically perfect. However, a dragon arrives who destroys her kingdom, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all her clothes so that she has no choice but to wear a paper bag. Elizabeth follows the dragon and Ronald, and seeking to rescue her fianc, challenges the dragon to burn forests with fire and to fly around the world. The dragon completes the tasks but after flying around the world a second time becomes tired and falls asleep. Elizabeth rescues Ronald, who is ungrateful and tells her to return when she looks more like a princess. Elizabeth realizes that she is better off without Ronald and sets off into the sunset to live her own life.

3) Setting The story takes place in some medieval place. At the beginning of the story, the Princess is at her castle, but throughout the story she travels through the medieval land to hunt down the dragon and Ronald. On her journey to find them she travels through burnt forests. After her long journey, Elizabeth travels to the dragons cave, where Ronald is trapped. Elizabeth sends the dragon on tasks that take place around the world, leading the reader to believe that this story took place on earth. This story would fall under the genre of fantasy, because the actions that occur throughout the story could not happen in a realistic setting.

5) Diction (manner of expression/use of words) It has simplified language making the vocabulary easy to understand. Examples ;
i. Can you burn up a hundred forests? Said Elizabeth. The Dragon tried: RHHHHHHAAAHHHH ! But he had no fire left. ii. Ronald, your clothes are pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are bum.

6) Length The length is beneficial for students who do not like to read lengthy texts. Students could read through the story quickly making it an easy way to practice creating plot graphs and identifying other short story elements. 7) Illustration -The Princess expressiveness through body language, such as her facial expression, placement of her arms, and her posture, draws the reader's attention in all the illustrations. Students can use the illustrations to further their understanding of the story and how the illustrations compliment the story.

Examples of Illustrations

The Cover of the Story