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Giddy Up Cinderella

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Author:Carol Blair
System: Opp City
School: Opp Elementary School
The event this resource created for:CCRS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33179


Giddy Up Cinderella


Students will read two different western versions of the story Cinderella. They will engage in activities where they will compare and contrast different versions of the story.  Students will participate in listening, speaking, and writing activities that require them to reflect on the stories.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
8 ) Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures. [RL.2.9]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
22 ) Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. [W.2.1]

a. Write free verse poetry to express ideas. (Alabama)

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
28 ) Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.2.8]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.28- Recall experiences to answer a question.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
29 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.2.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.2.1a]

b. Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others. [SL.2.1b]

c. Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion. [SL.2.1c]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story.

Students will answer questions by gathering information from the provided sources.

Students will carry on conversations with peers in small groups, listening attentively, or taking turns speaking.

Students will write opinion pieces that tell which version of the story is their favorite.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

As many versions of the book Cinderella that you have available

Book: Cindy Ellen- A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell

Book: Bubba The Cowboy Prince - A Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman

Two Column Chart

Venn Diagram



Walt Disney version of the movie Cinderella

Sticky note paper


Technology Resources Needed:

Interactive writing slate  (if available)

digital projector


Gather  several versions of the book Cinderella

Read several versions of the book Cinderella throughout the week prior to this lesson. On the day before you teach this lesson read  Cindy Ellen - A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell.

Prepare two Column chart

Prepare Venn Diagram Chart

Make sticky note paper slips with details from each story written on them


1.  Remind the students of all the different versions of Cinderella they have read during the past week. Tell students that today they will  read another version of the story Cinderella.  Review Cindy Ellen -A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell that was read the previous day by taking a quick picture walk through the book.  Review the main characters, setting, problem , and solution.

2. Show the students the book Bubba The Cowboy Prince - A Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman. Tell the students to turn and talk with their partner about what they think might happen in this version of Cinderella.  Give students the opportunity to respond orally to the group.

3. Read aloud the book Bubba, The Cowboy Prince - A Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman. Ask students to pay close attention to similarities and differences of this story compared to the one they reviewed earlier in the lesson (Cindy Ellen). Stop periodically in the story and ask students to turn and talk to their partner giving an example of each similarity and difference that they have noticed. Teacher will also ask questions that relate to characters, setting, plot, problem and solution.  Continued reading the story aloud, teacher will periodically make connections to the previous version (Cindy Ellen) of the story.

4. Display a two column chart with one column titled Cindy Ellen and the other column titled Bubba the Cowboy Prince. Pass out sticky note paper with details from each story listed on them.  Ask students to work with their partner and decide which column their sticky note would need to be placed. Call on students to share what is written on their note paper and come up and place it on the chart.  The other students should give a thumbs up or thumbs down according to the accuracy of the placement of their note.

5. Use the information the students placed on the two column chart and transfer it to a venn diagram. After they have placed those notes on the chart (which would all be differences), pass out blank sticky notes and ask the students to write one way the two stories are similar. Call on the students to share their response with the class.  Place notes on the Venn Diagram. An alternative way for this part of the lesson would be to use an interactive writing slate, the teacher could draw the two column chart and the students could pass the tablet around and write their answers on the slate as it is projected for the class to see on the screen.  Additionally, the interactive Venn diagram at could be used.

6. Pass out the handout attached titled My Opinion, ask the students to write about which Cinderella version is their favorite and tell why stating two reasons, then write about which Cinderella version is their least favorite and tell why stating at least  two reasons.  Once the students are finished writing their opinions ask them to turn and share their writing with their partner.  The teacher will walk around the room and check their writing. 

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Assessment Strategies

Teacher will listen as the students discuss responses to the questions.

Teacher will evaluate written and oral responses for similarites and differences as they are sharing them with the class.

Teacher will read the student's written opinons and check to make sure they wrote two reasons to explain their choice. Teacher will evaluate their reasons as they relate to the text.


Watch the Disney Version of the movie Cinderella. Ask the students to reflect back on all the different versions of the book Cinderella we have read through out the past week.

Leave copies of the books read in a reading center for the students to reread.


Pair students who need help with the writing assignment with more advanced learners. 

Teacher can help struggling students in small group or individually.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.