Introducing different versions of Cinderella

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza introduces a character study of Cinderella by sharing a number of diverse versions of the Cinderella story, chosen to reflect the cultures of her students.

Teacher: Clara Gonzales-Espinoza
Grade: 5
School Name: Emerson Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Introducing different versions of "Cinderella"

Clara describes other international versions of the story that students would have access to, based on students' cultures.

Standards

Reading Standards for Literature (K-5)

  • Describe a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, referring to specific details in the text. (RL 4.3)
  • Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes, topics and patterns in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures. (RL 4.9)
  • 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). (RL 5.3)
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics. (RL 5.9)

Discussion Questions

  • What differences do you see in the standards from one grade to the next?
  • How would you modify this Grade 4 lesson if you wanted to use it with Grade 5 students?

Note from Common Core introduction: Students who are college and career ready come to understand other perspectives and cultures.

Lesson Summary

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza introduces a character study of Cinderella by sharing a number of different versions of the Cinderella story, chosen to reflect the cultures of her students.

Things to watch for:

  • Clearly stated lesson objectives
  • Review of previous lessons
  • Culturally responsive instruction
  • Building upon students' background knowledge

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