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Märchen — Fairy Tales
Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Audio and Text Links
Der Rattenfänger von Hameln (The Pied Piper of Hamelin, with comprehension and vocabulary exercises) R
Geschichten aus der Märchenwelt (Identify fairy tales from short summaries) W
Der Wolf und die Sieben Geißlein: Present perfect tense (past participles) W
Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse: online exercise on adjective endings. Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse” (The Princess and the Pea). Preceded and unpreceded adjectives. O
Frau Holle: Relative pronouns; online exercise O
Hans im Glück (based on one of Grimm’s fairy tales) R
Rapunzel: Hin oder her? A modified version of “Rapunzel” specifically for the use of “hin” or “her”. W
German fairy tale: students write their own fairy tales by choosing various elements. Suggested length: 500-800 words.
Der Deutschbüffler, September 2015 issue, dedicated to the Grimm brothers and their fairy tales. Beginner-level reading comprehension with activities. Sep. 2015
Bilingual blog article with a number of additional resources about German fairy tales.
Bilingual blog article about Hänsel und Gretel (both the original and the movie).
A great resource page with lots of activities and information related to Grimm’s fairy tales (from Goethe Institut).
An outstanding resource for grammar, presented in an interesting way (yes, there is such a thing!): Grimm Grammar (University of Texas). In-depth explanations of grammar issues in English, with illustrations from Grimm fairy tales, and online exercises to practice. Particularly helpful to independent learners.