Young Writers’
Project
2012-2013
North Dakota Reading Association
Jenni Picard- YWP Chair
“Writing Makes Me Legendary”
O Theme:
200th Anniversary of
the Brothers Grimm
Fairy Tales
Deadlines
O Registration forms due to Jenni Picard, YWP Chair:
November 21, 2012
O Participants submit class winner to local council vice
president: March 2, 2013
O Local Council winners due to Jenni Picard, YWP Chair,
for state judging: March 15, 2013
O State winners announced: March 21, 2013
O State winners invited to attend awards ceremony at
spring NDRA conference in Jamestown April 13, 2013
Grades K-1
Choose one of your
favorite Brothers Grimm
fairy tales from the list
and write about why it is
your favorite.
O Jack and the
Beanstalk
O Little Red Riding Hood
O The Princess and the
Pea
O Rapunzel
Grades k-1
Guidelines:
O What do you like about the story?
O What did you like about the characters? Give 1
example of a character’s trait or action that you
liked.
O What lesson did you learn from the story?
O 3-5 sentences in length
O May draw a picture of your fairy tale choice to
include with your writing.
O Please make an effort to refrain from using
Disney versions of fairy tales.
Grades 2-3
O Write an original fairy
tale story modeled
after a Brothers Grimm
Fairy Tale.
Fairy Tale pattern:
O Some type of magic is
used.
O There is a lesson to be
learned.
O Should include magical
creatures or people.
Grades 2-3
Guidelines:
O Minimum 2 paragraphs.
O Typed or hand written.
O May tell the story from any character’s
perspective or use a narrator to tell the story.
O Should include a beginning, middle and end.
O Should include story elements such as setting,
characters, problem and solution.
O Please make an effort to refrain from using
Disney versions of fairy tales.
Grades 4-5
Writing guidelines:
O Word Choice: words and sentences that promote “show,
not tell”
O Voice: clever voice shines throughout the writing.
O Fractured interpretation of original story; may include
alternate plot lines, settings, and endings.
O Minimum 4 paragraphs.
O May tell the story from any character’s perspective or
use a narrator.
O Shows strong imagination that weaves throughout the
story elements.
O Please make an effort to refrain from using Disney
versions of fairy tales.
Grades 6-8
Choose one of the
following stories from
the fairy tale list and
rewrite it in Haiku
poetry.
O Rapunzel
O Hansel and Gretel
O Snow White
Guidelines:
O Follow the story line, but
use your words to retell.
O Word choice: words
should flow well and be
descriptive.
O Voice: clever or serious
voice in your retell.
O 15-21 lines in length or
5-7 sets of Haiku.
O Please make an effort to
refrain from using Disney
versions of fairy tales.
Grades 9-12
Retell one of the
following Brothers
Grimm fairy tales in a
free verse poem.
O Fairy Tale Choices:
1. Rumpelstiltskin
2. Little Red Riding
Hood
3. Sleeping Beauty
Grades 9-12
Guidelines:
O 25 lines minimum/ no word limit
O Word choice: descriptive language used to
recreate the tale in your own words
O Voice: clever or serious voice may be used
O Unique in presentation and retell
O Interpretation of the fairy tale may be written
from any character’s point of view
O Please make an effort to refrain from using
Disney versions of fairy tales.
How to Submit
NDRA Young Writers’ Project
2012-2013
“Writing Makes Me LEGENDARY”
Theme: 200th Anniversary of the Brothers Grimm
(Attach this information sheet to the back of each student writing
before submitting it to your local council for judging.)
Student Name ________________________________________
School _______________City_________________ Grade ______
Teacher Name ________________________________________
Teacher Email ________________________________________
Local Reading Council Name __________________________
Award Ceremony
Joey Campbell –gr. 1
Northern Cass
Steena Larson –gr. 5
Killdeer
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