, an engaging Cinderella parody written by Gail Carson Levine, provides the perfect opportunity to teach your students to summarize, find lessons in the text, then move onto finding a theme. This module is one of five standards-based lesson sets included in the Ella Enchanted Bundle
• complete lesson plans
• 17-slide PowerPoint presentation that provides direct instruction and modeling on summarizing
• summary recording sheet and rubric
• creative activity for finding and writing about lessons found in the text
• 12-slide PowerPoint presentation that provides direct instruction and lots of modeling on finding a theme
• theme worksheet and rubric
• In Part One, students learn to summarize text focusing on key events in the plot. Students first learn what a summary should include and study examples from “The Three Little Pigs” and “Cinderella.” The teacher models how to summarize Chapter One of Ella Enchanted then provides guided practice with Chapter Two. After sufficient practice, students are asked to summarize chapters independently.
• Part Two asks students to forge connections between summary and theme by examining lessons Ella has learned and writing them in first person.
• Part Three teaches students how to find a theme and explain it in a paragraph. The teacher models the process by determining and defending three possible themes for “The Three Little Pigs.” Students practice the process themselves by finding a theme for a traditional Cinderella story and supporting it in a paragraph.
This product is part of a complete unit, Ella Enchanted Bundle
, which includes:
• Ella Enchanted Answering Questions
• Ella Enchanted Summarizing and Finding a Theme
• Ella Enchanted Describing Characters
• Ella Enchanted Point of View
• Comparing Cinderella Stories
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Common Core State Standards RL.4.1 and RL.5.1
Cover art by John Everett Millais, 1881 (public domain)
This product was revised and updated in June of 2015.