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Cinderella Tatulea Raluca V C grade Optional course

Time: 40-45 minutes Purpose/Rationale/Overview:

Teacher will introduce the book Cinderella. The teacher will then do a storybook readaloud of a traditional version of Cinderella focusing on the basic elements of the fairy tale, especially the plot of this story. There will be a whole group discussion of the plots in fairy tales, including the opening of the story; the problem or crisis that the main character encounters (conflict/problem); how the character overcomes this problem (solution); and the conclusion. A plot story map will be completed for this traditional Cinderella, and there will be a discussion the next day about the plot for a version of Cinderella from a different culture. The purpose of these lessons is to enhance student understanding of how plot functions in a story. This is knowledge they will need to complete their final performance task of writing their own fairy tales.


Students will be able to identify and describe the plot of a story including the problem/solution and sequence of events Students will be able to summarize and make inferences about the plot of the story Students will be able to retell stories using plot Students will be able to listen to the comments of a peer and respond on topic and add a connected idea.

Anticipated student misconceptions or challenges to understanding:

Even though details of a story might change, a basic plot can stay the same. Students might not recognize problems or crisis in a story.


Traditional version of Cinderella

Plot Story Map.


Informal Assessment: - Participation in whole-group discussion. - Observing student completion of story maps. Reviewing student brainstorming about plots for their own fairy tales.

Instructional Sequence: (40-45 mins)

Introduction (3 mins):
Yesterday I said that we were going to be reading a story that you might be familiar with. Ill give you clues, and when you think you know what story Im talking about, raise your hand, but do not call out the answer. Some students will know the answer after the first clue, but those who are not as familiar with fairy tales might need a few more clues to figure it out. Clue #1: It is about a girl who is forced to do chores for her stepmother. Clue #2: This girl has two evil stepsisters who do not want here to go to a ball. Clue #3: This girl goes to the ball with the help of a fairy godmother. Clue #4: The girl loses a glass slipper at the ball. Clue #5: A handsome prince finds the glass slipper, which only fits the girls foot. Clue #6: They live happily ever after. As you figured out, today we are going to read Cinderella! Step #1 (15 mins): Before we start Cindrella lets review a little. Yesterday we learned what good and evil characters are in a story, and you brainstormed about characters for your own fairy tale. Today we are going to talk about the plot of stories. Does anyone know what PLOT means?
(Have class discussion using this Power Point): What does plot mean? The plot of a story is: The plan of a story What happens in a story The order of events in a story Examples; Snow White Queen is jealous of Snow White Queen sends hunter to kill Snow White Snow White lives with Seven Dwarfs Queen gives Snow White poison apple Prince kisses Snow White and brings her to life They live happily ever after The plot means what happens in each story.

Step # 2:
Now we are going to read Cinderella and you can follow along by watching the Power Point. As we read I am going to ask questions about the story, including the plot. Please pay close attention. Complete storybook read aloud with teacher asking comprehension questions focusing primarily on the plot of the fairy tale (The opening, the problem, the solution, and the conclusion). I am now going to read Cinderella During the reading ask the following questions: Page 6 o What was the special beginning for this fairy tale (Once upon a time) o What is a grand ball? Page 7

o What type of problem does she have? Is Cinderella going to the ball? Does she want to go to the ball? Why cant she go? Page 9 o How is Cinderellas problem solved? Who solves her problem? What does the Fairy Godmother do to solve it? How is magic used? Page 12 o Prediction: What do you think will happen next? Page 13 o What is the special ending? o What is the theme or moral in the book? Think about good and evil.

Step #3 (15 mins):

Now lets focus more on what we mean by the plot of a story. Have students turn to the Plot Story Map in their packets and discuss the elements that are included in the plot of a fairy tale:

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. The beginning of the story introduces the characters. The middle of the story tells you about some problem a character has, and then tells you how the problem was solved. Sometimes there is more than one problem and solution, but not always. The ending tells you what happened to the characters after the problem was solved. The Plot Story Map has two pages. On the second page there are six boxes with different parts of the Cinderella story. First I want you to cut out the boxes and read what they say. Then you should put the boxes in the right order so you have a beginning, middle and end, and place them in the blank spaces on the first page of the Plot Story Map. Dont glue them down yet. Just put the boxes in the correct places and well have a class discussion.
The teacher will walk around the room as students work, then with the aid of an overhead project, have a class discussion where the Plot Story Map for Cinderella is completed. At that point, students can glue the boxes in the right place. The teacher can finish with this comment: Please remember that this story map only gives you a general idea about what is happening in the story. The actual story has a lot more details.

Step #4 (10-15 mins):

Have children brainstorm about the plot of their own stories.

As we talked about yesterday, you are going to be writing your own fairy tales and the first step in writing any fairy tale is planning. Yesterday we came up with possible characters for our stories. Today, we will be thinking about possible plots for our stories. For now, you are just going to brainstorm about the plot you MIGHT include in your fairy tale. These ideas will be helpful for you to look back on when you begin writing your actual story, even if they change a bit.
Ask students to take out blank Plot Story Maps and fill in the beginning, middle and end of their stories. Remind them that they only need to have one problem and solution, not two like in Cinderella. They can also have more than 2 problems and solutions as well.

Wrap-up (2 mins): Today we learned about the plot in fairy tales. We read the traditional version of Cinderella. Tomorrow, we are going to read a version of Cinderella from a different culture, where the plot is very almost the same, but other parts of the story change. Then we will compare both stories to see how they are similar and different.