Cinderella Stories (The)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Literacy
Focus Question 

What is good character? Why are the lessons in fairy tales found in stories from all different cultures? 

 

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Unit Overview 

This unit introduces students to the genre of fairy tales. Students compare/contrast different versions of the Cinderella story. Students focus on identifying character traits and discussing the meaning of good character. The issue of not having appropriate clothes to wear is developed into a community project of a clothing drive.

Service Experience 
The service learning component is a clothing drive. The class collects new or gently used clothes for children. The drive may be conducted as a class or as a school-wide project. The clothes are then donated to a local agency. The students may vote on which agency they prefer. (Some agencies redistribute locally while others distribute around the world. Some agencies charge a minimal amount to the clients.)
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Cinderella Stories (The)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the characteristics of fairy tales as a genre to the students. The students explore positive and negative character traits and universal themes in the story of Cinderella. The service plan is introduced in this lesson and carried out over the next weeks.

Unit: 
Cinderella Stories (The)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

In this lesson, the class compares a Native American version of the Cinderella story with other versions. Students explore the character traits of good and evil characters and discuss the meaning of good character. Students demonstrate what they have learned about fairy tales by writing original fairy tales.