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The Third Wish

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Colleen Tolles

on 10 October 2017

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I will be able to understand what a modern fairytale is, and I will annotate "The Third Wish," looking for specific character traits in the main characters.
Learn about a modern fairytale
Read "The Third Wish" written by Joan Aiken
Annotate on the story as we read
Traditional Fairytales
"Cinderella" - Traditional Fairytale
"The Third Wish"
Short Stories
The Third Wish
Sample answer: Mr. Peters probably didn’t make his last wish because he had nothing to wish for; he was content with his life as it was, which is seen when he dies with a smile on his face. Also, the leaf was still there, and it wouldn't be if he had used it.

Identify the traditional elements of a fairy tale in “Cinderella”

Traditional fairytales include the following elements:
mysterious and fantastic events
magic and wishes
animals with unusual abilities

Write this down!

“The Third Wish” is, as the title suggests, a story about three wishes.

Almost every culture in the world has a traditional tale about a character who is granted three wishes, uses two unwisely, and uses the third wish to undo one or both of the first two.

Appearance of a fairy godmother
Turning of mice into horses
Changing of the pumpkin into a carriage
Cinderella transforms
Essay Prompt
Sponge for
Choose a main character (either Mr. Peters or Leita).
Figure out a character trait they possess.
Find three pieces of evidence that this character trait exists in the story.

Therefore, your purpose for annotation is:
find character traits that the two main characters possess.

Answer these questions:

1. What does Mr. Peters’ turning his wife back into a swan show about him?
2. Briefly describe his life after his second wish.
3. Why does the author call this story “The Third Wish” instead of, for example, “The Three Wishes”?

"The Third Wish" Questions

Mr. Peters lives in a modern house.

Mr. Peters drives a car.

Mr. Peters’ second wish is fulfilled.

Mr. Peters’ first wish is fulfilled.

Leita and Rhea talk with Mr. Peters.

Leita changes into a swan.

The swan changes into the King.

Mr. Peters knows about fairy tales and wishes (it seems as though he's familiar with traditional fairy tales.

The King grants Mr. Peters 3 wishes.

People couldn’t believe Mr. Peters would be happy: he was old, had rheumatism, and appeared to be alone. But, in fact, he was not alone; what’s more, he had the gratitude and attention of his wife and her sister.

Question 1
sample response
Question 2
sample response
Question 3
sample response
Type of Spouse
sample response
Sample answer: The setting is like many traditional fairy tales, set in mysterious, lush country. The forest and river add to the feeling of mystery and of a time long ago. Even Mr. Peters’ home has the feel of an old country home or farm. Only the car and road on which it must be traveling seem modern.

Sample answer: Mr. Peters is a kind, loving, dutiful husband. He is more concerned with his wife’s peace of mind than with his own happiness. Leita, too, is kind and loyal. They both make sacrifices for the happiness of the other.

For this response, you should have three quotes for each character.

Modern Fairytales
Modern fairytales include all elements of a traditional fairytale:
mysterious and fantastic events
magic and wishes
animals with unusual abilities
AND they also include details related to contemporary life.
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