With the activities included in this engaging, interactive, and standards-packed unit, students have an opportunity to study multicultural literature from a historical perspective. They will learn how the historical time period and place in which a piece was written heavily influences its contents, characters, and message.
- Lesson Plans for the Unit
- A Before Reading Web Quest Activity where students research 19th Century Western Europe to prepare for Grimm's Cinderella
- A During Reading Activity that prompts students to note the different or surprising aspects of Grimm’s Cinderella
- An After Reading Activity that requires students to make connections between the different/unique story elements and the historical research that they conducted on the time period.
- A second After Reading Activity that asks students to compare/contrast Grimm’s Cinderella to clips from Disney’s cinematic rendition of the tale
- TWO completely outlined research project options with Rubrics included
- Detailed Answer Keys
I find that my students get excited to read and analyze the “Cinderella” tales. They have background knowledge and fond memories associated with the storyline they have grown up reading/watching. Therefore, they seem to invest more in the activities associated with these lessons and have a lot to say about the weird/strange contents included in the other cultural versions of the fairytale. I hope you and your students enjoy!
CCSS Unit Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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