In this unit, students explore several cultures by reading variations of the Cinderella fairy tale. They analyze character traits and come to recognize the fairy godmother character as a philanthropist. Using the character as a role model, the students participate in a service-learning project and raise money to purchase new shoes for children (through a local organization).
The lesson emphasis is on the shoe motif in Cinderella as well as the philanthropic ideals of giving and helping others. A service learning project will be developed where students create a "shoe drive" to donate to children in need.
The purpose of the lesson is for students to compare and contrast two versions of the Cinderella story and identify philanthropy in the actions of the characters.
In this lesson, students identify that the universal theme of philanthropy in the Cinderella story remains the same even when the main character is a boy and the setting is in Ireland. The lesson focuses on vocabulary development.
The students write letters to thank donors and sponsoring organizations. The students prepare, practice and present their completed project to a representative of the receiving organization.
Teacher Note: Several weeks prior to teaching this lesson, the teacher should arrange a date with the school principal and a representative of the receiving organization for a school assembly, at which the shoes will be presented.