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Have some fun with Cinderella folklore and parody! Kids (and teachers) in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will enjoy comparing and contrasting a variety of stories, looking for common elements, and more.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these activities are classroom-tested and kid-approved. Click the PREVIEW button to take a peek at the entire product.
*Cinderella Folklore - The teacher selects several stories and reads them aloud then the class compares and contrasts the stories orally.
*Folklore Versus Parody - Students learn to discriminate between folklore and parody. A worksheet asks them to determine whether a story is based on folklore or parody.
*Cinderella Parody - The teacher selects and reads Cinderella parody aloud. Again the students compare and contrast the stories they’ve heard.
*Common Elements - Students collaborate to identify elements common to Cinderella stories. They continue reading additional stories and analyze elements using a table. As an extension, they may map elements using a story arc.
*Cinderella Around the World - Students sort folklore geographically and list similarities of stories found on the same continent. (This may be used as a differentiation piece for high ability learners or with the whole class.)
*Five pages of lesson plans
*Three URLs for Internet pages with free Cinderella folklore to download
*Two lists of Cinderella picture books – one for folklore and the other for parody
*Folklore or Parody? student worksheet (with answer key)
*Comparing Cinderella Stories grid (two versions)
*Comparing Cinderella Stories Venn diagrams (for two, three, or four stories)
*Cinderella Around the World (two sheets – one for listing stories by continent, the other for finding similarities between stories from same continents)
*Story Arc organizer
Note: No stories are included in this product. Instead, it includes links to free downloads and lists of picture books, many of which are available in public and school libraries.
Are you looking for a more complete unit on comparing folklore? Try my Comparing and Contrasting Folklore Unit.
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated and enhanced on April 7, 2018.