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Cinderella Stories
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Everyone loves a Cinderella story, whether it's the original Brothers Grimm version, the ever-popular Disney interpretation, or one from a different country entirely. There are so many different versions, but at the core of it, it's the same basic plot. The Prince needs a wife, so he throws a ball to find a bride. Cinderella wants to go to the ball, but the wicked stepmother and stepsisters just won't have it. Thanks to a fairy godmother, perseverance, and some animal friends, Cinderella lives happily ever after again. For this lesson, students will watch the original 1957 television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA starring Julie Andrews restored and airing for the first time since then by the GREAT PERFORMANCES series. After viewing it, students will write their "own" version of the beloved fairy tale. However, theirs will have a twist. Their versions will be told from a different perspective.

Grade Level:
Grade 3 to 5

Time Allotment:
3 to 7 class periods (may be longer depending on the amount of time needed for writing and illustrating)

Subject Matter:
English, Fairy Tales

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the use of perspective or point of view in a story
  • Identify the characters and plot of a story
  • Write their own version of a famous story
  • Illustrate their work


National Standards:

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 2, Standard 6
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of literary passages and texts (e.g., fairy tales, folktales, fiction, nonfiction, myths, poems, fables, fantasies, historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies, chapter books)

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 2, Standard 5
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 2, Standard 8
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 2, Standard 9
Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media

MCREL TECHNOLOGY, Level 2, Standard 2
Knows the characteristics and uses of computer software program

This lesson was prepared by: Anna Chan Rekate.