ELA 4: The Snow Queen in Full Review

Today's lesson is all about The Snow Queen, which tells you just how bad things can get if you break a mirror. We've covered all of ours in bubble wrap. It's really hard to use them now, but hey, our luck has been better than ever.

4th GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School4th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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no further than Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Snow Queen."

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It all starts with a giant mirror that distorts everything it reflects, making anything good

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and beautiful seem ugly. [Mirror insults a guy stood in front of it]

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So…y'know, not the greatest bathroom mirror. [Girl looks in the mirror and there is a monster]

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This mirror ends up shattering, sending a crazy amount of tiny pieces all over the place. [The mirror falls off the wall and smashes]

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Unfortunately for a little boy named Kay, he ends up getting one shard in his eye and [Piece of mirror hits Kay in the eye]

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one in his heart.

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And unfortunately for his friend Gerda, these little shards of the evil mirror turn him [Kay looks insults Gerdo with the two pieces of mirror stuck in him]

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into a real jerk.

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Perhaps even more unfortunately, Kay ends up getting kidnapped by the Snow Queen.

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Man, that Hans Christian Andersen really liked to give his characters a hard time. [Kay is dragged away by the Snow Queen]

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Despite the fact that Kay was being a big ol' meanie, Gerda tries to find him.

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She gets a tip from a crow that Kay is the new prince in the princess's palace… [Gerda talking to a crow]

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…but when she gets there, it turns out the new prince just kinda looks like Kay. [Gerda looks upset]

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Shocking!

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Bad information from an animal that literally has a bird brain.

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The princess gives Gerda warm clothes and a carriage for her journey, but just when [The princess gives Gerda a winter jacket]

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things are looking up…

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…Gerda gets captured by robbers, who bring her to their castle.

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Well…at least she's getting to see plenty of good architecture on her trip. [Gerda admiring the castle]

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Another stroke of luck comes in the form of a little robber girl.

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She and Gerda become buds…

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…and the robber girl's doves pass along some info about Kay… [The robber girl with a dove on her head]

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We guess these birdbrains studied a little harder than the crows.

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The doves saw the Snow Queen carrying him off towards Lapland. [The Snow Queen carrying Kay away]

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It turns out this castle has no shortage of chatty animals: a reindeer captured by the

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robbers is from Lapland, so he shows them how to get there. [Reindeer giving directions]

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And with that, the robber girl frees Gerda and the reindeer, proving she's a great friend…

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…but maybe not a great robber.

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C'mon, who wouldn't claim the talking reindeer as their new best friend?

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When Gerda finally finds Kay in the Snow Queen's palace, he's almost frozen. [Kay trapped in ice]

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C'mon, did you think that the Snow Queen would be cranking up the heat in her pad? [The Snow Queen in front of lava]

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Gerda kisses Kay and cries, and her tears clear the splinter from Kay's heart… [Gerda crying]

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…which makes him cry, clearing the splinter out of his eye. [The splinter drops out his heart and then his eye]

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Man, all of this could've been solved with just a bottle of Visine… [Boy holding a bottle of eye drops]

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Anyway, the reindeer takes them home, thus ending one of the longest stories ever caused [Gerda and Kay sat on the reindeer]

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by a broken mirror.

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Seriously, most broken mirrors just require a few minutes with a broom and a dustpan… [Man sweeping up a broken mirror]

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…We guess that's not great material for a fairy tale.