Unit Overview

Content Area:  Language Arts Literacy                       
Unit Title:  The Cinderella Stories       
Target Course/Grade Level:  Self-Contained/6th grade
Inclusion/5th grade
Name:  Melissa Ingram                                   
Stefanie Spak
School:  Pennsauken Intermediate School                              
Date:    2011                           

Unit Summary
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.

Primary interdisciplinary connections
Technology, Media Literacy, Art, Social Studies

21st century themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

Unit Rationale
The purpose is to recognize fairy tales/legends as literature genre and to identify positive and negative character traits.

Learning Targets


Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Unit Essential Questions

Unit Enduring Understandings

Unit Learning Targets

Evidence of Learning

Summative Assessment (X days)

Equipment needed

Teacher Resources

Formative Assessments


Lesson Plans

Lesson 1
Cinderella version 1 & movie   one 45 minute class period + time to watch the movie

Lesson 2
Cinderella version 2           one 45 minute class period

Lesson 3
An African Tale                 one 45 minute class period

Lesson 4
A Chinese Legend             one 45 minute class period

Lesson 5
Role-play & Original fairy tale             three 45 minute class periods

Teacher Notes
Accommodations and modifications will be made for students with IEP’s.

Curriculum Development Resources

Lesson Plan 1
Content Area: Language Arts Literacy
Grade: Self-Contained/6th
Inclusion/5th grade

Lesson Title: Cinderella
Timeframe:  45 minute class periods over approximately 8-10 days

Lesson Components

21st Century Themes
Civic Literacy
Global Awareness

21st Century Skills
Creativity & Innovation
Media Literacy
Communication & Elaboration
Life & Career Skills

Students will complete the following objectives with a minimum of 80% accuracy.


Learning Activities/Instructional Strategies
Daily Lesson Plans (approximately 8-10 days)
Lesson 1 (approx. 2 days) Cinderella & Movie
Day One : approx. 45 minutes

Day Two: allow time to watch movie

Lesson 2 (1 day approx. 45 minutes) Cinderella continued

Lesson 3 (1 day approx. 45 minutes) An African Tale

Lesson 4 (1 day approx. 45 minutes) A Chinese Legend

Lesson 5 (approx. 4 days) Role-Play & Write your own fairy tale
Day One (approx. 45 minutes)

Day Two (approx. 45 minutes)

Day Three (approx. 45 minutes)

Day Four (approx. 45 minutes)

Formative Assessment Tasks
5 formative assessment tasks

Universal Design for Learning Options

Multiple Means of Representation
How do you present it to the class?

Multiple Means of Action and Expression
How do the kids “learn”?

Multiple Means of Engagement
How did you get the students interested and how did they sustain interest?


Yeh-Shen : a Cinderella story from China / retold by Ai-Ling Louie ; illustrated by Ed Young. New York : Philome