Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman

What is real, and what is fake? How do we know when a source is truly credible?  In the interesting true story Fairy Spell, by Marc Tyler Nobleman, we read the story of two British girls that convinced the world that fairies are real! Based on the true story of cousins that for over 60 years held to their claim that they had taken photographs of fairies. They took the photos to prove that “fairies frolicked at the beck (stream) where they played”. These photos were shared and authenticated by several experts in photography.  

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The question that arises in the reading of this book is how do you determine a credible source?  How do you know when something is untrue? It took decades for these cousins to open up about the actual events, though questions still remain! Be sure not to miss this great one!

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Lesson Resources
AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Engage/Think VI.A.2 Learners follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information by understanding the ethical use of information, technology, and media.

  • Have learners consider what it means to be a credible source.  In this story, the cousins were considered credible because they had “decent families” and “no history of hoaxing”.  Ask learners what conditions they consider important to determine credibility.
  • Have learners consider motivation.  Why would an individual “fake” an event or “fake” news?
  • Consider what it means to convince others.  What is real, and what does real mean?

If you like these lesson ideas, please take a look at our book, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. This resource includes ready-to-go lesson plans that meet the standards. Worksheets, assessments and rubrics are included. 

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