The "Cinderella" Story
Lesson Plans and Teaching Ideas
Behind the Scenes with Cinderella
In this unit plan students compare the classic tale with a version set in the pre–Civil War South, Moss Gown by William Hooks, noting the architecture, weather, time period, and culture as depicted in the text and illustrations. Internet research projects and Story Map graphic organizers then provide background for a discussion of how the setting of a story affects the characters and plot. Students read one or more other versions of the Cinderella story and compare them using a Venn diagram. During the final two sessions, students plan, write, and peer edit their own Cinderella stories.
Variations on the Cinderella story from around the world.
Students assume a role and respond to the story to demonstrate the importance of perspective in responding to literature. This lesson is designed for high school students.
Cinderella: A Character with Culture
Students describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. This lesson plan includes graphic organizers. (CCSS: RL1, RL9)
Cinderella and Bubba, the Cowboy Prince
Students identify elements of a fairy tale and compare/contrast different versions of the Cinderella story. There are 3 links to this lesson. The 6-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.
Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Character
Designed for grades 3-5, this unit plan focuses on how folks tales change in different cultures. Students will define the essential qualities of a Cinderella tale and cite specific examples for support from at least two variations.
Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Plot and Setting
Designed for grades 3-5, this unit plan asks students to explore changes in plot and setting among different versions of the story. Students write a narrative—a Cinderella variation—with a plot appropriate to the genre and an original setting.
The Cinderella Project
A text and image archive containing a dozen English versions of the fairy tale from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.
Cinderella, retold by Marcia Brown
Vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, and writing: these pages are ready to print and use. Requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
Cinderella: The Prince's Side of the Story
As students watch a 26-minute video, they explore the story from the Prince's point of view while building literacy skills such as practicing spelling and working with the alphabet.
Cinderella Resource Group
Students watch a 27-minute video, they build literacy skills and self-esteem while exploring the story of Cinderella. They also learn to spell number words by labeling a clock face and practice telling time using the o'clock format.
Cinderella Sequence Cards
Students color 10 scenes from the story and arrange them in order. This resource is ready to print and use, requires Adobe Reader for access.
Follow the links "Procedures for Teachers" and "Organizers for Students" for this unit plan.
Students will compare and contrast three culturally distinct variations of the Cinderella folktale: "Rhodopis," the Egyptian version; "Yeh-Shen," the Chinese version; and "The Hidden One," the Native American version. Through class discussion and hands-on activities, students will explore storytelling traditions, categories of folktales, and the basic components of fairy tales. Students will also learn about the cultures represented by each Cinderella tale through small group projects.
Comparing Cinderella and The Rough-Face Girl
Students use a Venn diagram to compare Cinderella and a Native American version of the story.
Exploring the World of Cinderella Tales
Students will read three different Cinderella tales, including tales from Africa, China, and America. Upon completion of a Venn diagram comparing the similarities and differences of these tales, the students will complete and present multimedia presentations showing their results.
Was Cinderella's slipper really fur in the original story? Check here for scholarship on that question.
If The Shoe Fits by Laura Whipple
This reading group guide includes discussion questions and ideas for postreading activities.
Lesson ideas for Bubba, the Cowboy Prince.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Lesson plans using retelling of the Cinderella story from Zimbabwe by John Steptoe.
One Story, Many Tales
How is the traditional story, Cinderella, told in other countries? What are the similarities and differences among the different versions? Technology integrated, designed for ESL students.
This lesson uses "Cinderella" to teach the mathematical process of classification, especially an awareness of similarities and differences. It is designed for grades 5 and 6 and has printable handouts.
The Twelve Months
A lesson plan for the Slavic Cinderella story.
Where in the World is Cinderella?
Students investigate the Cinderella story from around the world and then write a version of their own. Unit plan includes assessments.
Wicked Similarities and Differences in Cinderella
Students listen to stories in order to identify similarities and differences in those stories. Includes Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters and suggestions for other versions of the story. Scroll to the bottom for a printable Venn diagram.
The World of Cinderella Stories
Yeh-Shen, a Cinderella story from China
Ready-to-use vocabulary practice and comprehension questions. Requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
Yeh-Shen and Cinderella
This Venn diagram is ready to print and use. Requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.