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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900, and quickly became not only an important piece of American literary history, but one of the most beloved children's stories of all time. Baum was inspired by the fairy tales of Grimm and Andersen, and although The Wonderful Wizard of Oz dabbles with the idea of death, it is far less dark than the European fairy tales that influenced it. Its protagonist, Dorothy, is one of the purest child heroines in all of literature; having landed in a strange country by fantastical circumstances, she is concerned primarily with getting back to her home in Kansas via the power of the legendary Wizard of Oz. She is accompanied on her...

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