The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin is a story about a native-american girl that deals with major strife and cruelty. She is able to overcome her situation and lives happily ever after. This story is a Cinderella story in many ways, so two of the activities in this packet also focus on comparing and contrasting her to Cinderella. One activity asks the student to compare and contrast their stories and outcomes. The second activity asks the students to identify how they both employ a growth mindset to be able to overcome their difficult situations and reach their goal, while still keeping their spirits high and their wits about them! :)
Creative Writing Newspaper prompts include:
1. What would the ending of this story have been like if the Rough-face girl would have given up, when reaching her goal seemed impossible?
2. Write from the perspective of the RFG's sisters. What do they think of her being able to marry the Invisible being?
3. Write from the perspective of the RFG. How does she feel now that she is free? What does she plan to do in the future?
4. The Rough-Face girl was called many mean things by her sisters and the villagers. Look at the insult, cross it out and replace the word with a positive character trait that describes the Rough-face girl. Words can cause scars too, but they can also heal. Help heal the Rough-face girl's scars with your kind words. Then, use text evidence to describe why these character traits describe her.