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Behind the Scenes With Cinderella

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Behind the Scenes With Cinderella

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Approximately seven 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Carol L. Butterfield

Ellensburg, Washington


International Literacy Association



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The Cinderella story most familiar to students is based on a 17th-century French version by Charles Perrault, but there are similar stories told all around the world. 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.

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Retelling the Cinderella Story: This website offers suggestions of versions of the Cinderella story from around the world.

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Flickinger, G.G., Garcia, I.M., & Long, E.S. (1992). Beanstalk heroes: Jack and Jim in an integrated primary curriculum. The Reading Teacher, 46(1), 75-79.

  • The allure of folk tales can be tapped to develop literacy in young students through many authentic cross-curricular experiences that promote integration of the language arts.

  • Reading and comparing several versions of traditional tales can be a way of developing critical thinking.


Young, T.A. (Ed.). (2004). Happily Ever After: Sharing Folk Literature With Elementary and Middle School Students. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

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