This unit was designed to be used with any traditional version of Cinderella (my favorites are by James Marshall and Marcia Brown) and Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell. Although these books were kept in mind when creating this unit, the materials could be used with any version of this story!
This unit includes the following activities:
*Crown Craftivity: Templates for a quick and easy crown craft are included. This is a great way to kick off your mini unit and bring a bit of fun/novelty to your studies. Directions and photos are included.
*Story Map Mini Books: Use these books to identify character, setting, magical parts, and beginning/middle/end. There is one mini book for each of the stories referenced above, as well as a blank title page for you to use with a different version. Students can use these mini books to help them compare and contrast the two stories. I have included mini book pages with lines, and pages without lines.
*Story Map Organizers: Use the organizers to identify the same information as found in the mini books (alternative to the mini book option). There is one organizer for each story, as well as a blank title page for you to customize. Students can use these mini books to help them compare and contrast the two stories.
*Compare/Contrast Posters: Two full color posters defining compare and contrast are included to help introduce/review these concepts.
*Venn Diagrams/Comparison Statements Activity Pages: Use the included Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast the books referenced above. A second diagram with a fill in the title option is also included. Use the comparison statements page to have students transfer information from their Venn Diagram. This makes it easier for you to assess and shows whether or not students understand how to read their Venn.
*Character Traits Activity Page: Use this after reading any version of the Cinderella story. There is an organizer for Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, Cindy Ellen, and a blank one for your students to customize. Students will then choose their favorite word and tell why they think that word describes the character.
*Was/Had/Wanted Organizers: Students can use these organizers to analyze and classify information about Cinderella, Cindy Ellen, or any character of your choosing (a blank character page is included for your students to customize/go with any version of the story).
*Design a New Shoe: Encourage students to use some higher order thinking skills as they design a new shoe for Cinderella, describe it, and then tell why their shoe is better than the original.
*New Setting: Encourage students to use higher order thinking skills as they think of a new setting, describe that setting, and then tell three ways in which the story would be different if it were to take place in their setting.
*Point of View: Have your students think of how each character felt when they were mistreated by their families. They will fill in a speech bubble for that character. There is a page for Cinderella, Cindy Ellen, and a blank one for your students to customize.
*Invitation: Have your students create their own Cinderella story. They could use this organizer to think about key elements in their story. Or, use it as a story map for any of the versions you read.
*Crown Booktivity: Use the included crown and jewel templates to make a crown shaped writing book. There is no title on this booklet, so the possibilities for use are endless! Directions and a photo sample are included.
*Who Would You Rather Be? Opinion Writing (organizer and writing paper): Students will write about which character they would rather be: Cinderella or her Fairy Godmother.
*Blank Writing Paper: An additional set of writing paper is included. Use it for reading response, or additional prompts you may come up with.
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