Lesson plan

Fairy Tales from Around the World: Cinderella

This colorful lesson combines reading comprehension with cultural awareness. Students will certainly have a blast comparing and contrasting Cinderella stories from two different countries.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

The students will be able to compare and contrast different adaptations of the same story.

(10 minutes)
  • As a whole group, explain to the students that they will be comparing and contrasting two versions of the story Cinderella.
  • Ask the students to help develop the main plot of the Cinderella story that they are most familiar with.
  • Inform the class that they will be reading versions of Cinderella from other countries.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Venn Diagram worksheets. Go over the directions and ask the students if they have any questions.
  • Create a hand-drawn version of the diagram on the board.
  • Use an example like cat/dog to start filling out the diagram on the board so that students can get the hang of using Venn diagrams.
  • Tell your students that you will be filling out a Venn Diagram for two different versions of the story Cinderella: one from China and one from Korea.
(30 minutes)
  • Read aloud Yeh Shen by Ai-Ling Louie and The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo.
  • Make sure to emphasize the key terms as you read.
(15 minutes)
  • While you are reading the stories to the class, your students should be actively listening and filling in their Venn Diagram worksheets.
  • Allow extra time after the stories have been read for students to work independently and ask questions.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students write their own versions of Cinderella.
  • Support: Provide struggling students with the Yeh Shen and The Korean Cinderella printouts. They can be allowed to reference the printouts during Independent Working Time.
(10 minutes)
  • Collect students' Venn diagram worksheets once they finish working. Review them later to assess their comprehension of the lesson content.
(20 minutes)
  • Come back together as a whole group and discuss the similarities and differences of both versions of Cinderella.
  • Review some or all of the vocabulary words from the stories.
  • Ask students to point out similarities and differences between the two new versions and the version they're most familiar with.

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