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Cinderella Stories

Judy Albero


While doing this lesson, students will be able to remember, compare, and contrast two different Cinderella stories of their choice.


The student increases comprehension by rereading, retelling, and discussion.

The student retells specific details of information heard, including sequence of events.

The student uses prior knowledge, illustrations, and text to make predictions.

The student identifies similarities and differences between two texts (for example, in topics, characters, and problems).

The student uses simple reference material to obtain information (for example, table of contents, fiction and nonfiction books, picture dictionaries, audio visual software).

The student generates ideas before writing on self-selected topics and assigned tasks (for example, brainstorming, observing surroundings, reading texts, discussion with peer).

The student listens for specific information in stories (including but not limited to sequence, story details).

The student speaks clearly and uses appropriate volume in a variety of settings (for example, large or small groups, learning centers).

The student knows various broad literary forms (for example, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, picture and predictable books).

The student knows main characters, setting, and simple plot in a story.

The student relates characters and simple events in a story or biography to own life.


- Two different versions of the Cinderella story
- Computer
- TV Elite
- Access to the Internet
- Inspirations Software
- Digital Camera
- File cards
- Charts, diagrams
- Worksheets (included in file)
- Assorted tea, hot water, cups


1. Collect Cinderella stories
2. Search the internet for Cinderella stories
3. Prepare worksheets
4. Buy tea materials


1. After reading different versions of Cinderella, use -Fairy Tales Around the World- to compare the different Cinderella stories.
2. Choose two characters (one good and one bad) to compare using the -Fairy Tale Lessons- sheet. (See Associated File)
3. Write original tales with the class using -Tales With a Twist.-
4. The Internet -Annotated Cinderella- would be good to use with the gifted children!
5. Present an -Inspiration- version of the Venn Diagram to compare/contrast two different Cinderella stories.
6. During this unit of study, various questioning strategies will be used. Questions can be done orally and in groups. Examples are:
-Knowledge - Can you recall the problem in the tale we just read?
-Comprehension - How would you compare Tale 1 with Tale 2? How would you contrast them?
-Application - What questions would you ask Cinderella in an interview, and why?
-Analysis - Why do you think the sisters were so mean to someone who was so nice?
-Synthesis - Suppose you could have talked to the stepmother, what would you tell her and why?
-Evaluation - Do you think the Prince made a good choice for his best friend and wife, and why or why not?
7. ESE and ESOL Strategies would be drawing, charts, mapping, peer work, hands on activities, pictures, and computer activities.
8. To set the environment for learning, the following can be done: play instrumental music (Classical or Cinderella sound track), have pictures of characters and places in the Cinderella stories around the room, and dim the lights while telling and retelling the stories!


Self Assessment, and Teacher Assessment:
Use the Rubric:
Rubric for comparing and contrasting two different Cinderella stories, using the Venn Diagram
Using the numbers 0-4: 0 being the worst, and 4 being the best, give your work a number for each of the following:
_____1. I wrote each title in the correct place, and
remembered to write my name.
_____2. On the left, I wrote how the first fairy tale was different from the second one.
_____3. On the right, I wrote how the second tale was different from the first.
_____4. In the middle, I wrote how the tales were the same.
_____5. I used good handwriting.
_____6. I wrote at least 4 things in each spot on the Venn Diagram.
_____ Total of points
If your total is 23 or 24, give yourself a 4 for the Venn Diagram.
If your total is 21 or 22, give yourself a 3 for the Venn Diagram.
If your total is 19 or 20, give yourself a 2 for the Venn Diagram.
If your total is 18 or 17, you get a 1.
If your total is 16 or below, you get a 0.


For a Science connection, make: Jolly Tea for Cinderella's Ball! For Math and Art: cut out shapes to make Cinderella's Castle. To connect Social Studies, read the -Jolly Map-, and reinforce Lifeskills with the game: -Giants, Wizards, and Elves.-

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