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Cinderella Stories From Around the World

Time Frame:
10 class periods that run 15 minutes each.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Several version of Cinderella are read to students as they fill out comparison charts. The fairy tale genre is introduced.

Main Curriculum Tie:
English Language Arts Grade 5Reading: Literature Standard 3
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


  • Several Cinderella storybooks from different cultures and time periods (See list of titles and authors below in the bibliography.)
  • One Compare / Contrast chart (pdf) for each student for each Cinderella storybook.


Background For Teachers:

  • Collect Cinderella stories (See the list of the suggested stories in the bibliography.)
  • Understand what makes a fairy tale

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students will understand what a fairy tale is.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Provide each student with a comparison chart for each version of Cinderella stories that you are going to read.
  2. Read a different Cinderella story to the class each day.
  3. As you read each story, have students complete the comparison charts.
  4. Discussion: orally compare and contrast the stories.

Personal stories can be illustrated and shared with other grade levels, parents or peers. A reader's theatre could be organized as well.

Assessment Plan:
Each student will write their own version of Cinderella including all elements of a fairy tale.

Here are some of the many Cinderella stories you may want to use for this lesson:

  • Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie
  • The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
  • The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition by Nina Jaffe
  • The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox
  • Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  • The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story by Penny Pollock
  • The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • Fair, Brown & Trembling : An Irish Cinderella Story by Jude Daly
  • Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  • Estrellita de oro / Little Gold Star: A Cinderella Cuento by Joe Hayes
  • Sootface by Robert D. San Souci
  • Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
  • The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition by Jewell Reinhart Coburn
  • Raisel's Riddle by Erica Silverman
  • Smoky Mountain Rose by Alan Schroeder
  • The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story by Judy Sierra
  • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
  • The Golden Slipper: A Vietnamese Legend by Darrell H. Y. Lum
  • Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale by Robert D. San Souci
  • Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave by Marianna Mayer
  • Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J. De LA Paz
  • Chinye: A West African Folk Tale by Obi Onyefulu

brooke rauzon

Created Date :
Aug 01 2005 18:18 PM

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