Elisha Ann

Lesson Plan

Fairy Tale Unit- Day 3 and 4

Comparing and Contrasting

2 Day Lesson Plan

Lesson Ideas Inspired by http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=261

-Comparing Cinderella variants by looking at setting

 DAY 3: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and Cinderella

 Essential Questions:




1) Teacher will introduce the “Where’s the Fairy Tale From Anyways?!” Poster by asking students to keep their own copy of the map. Together class will fill out Cinderella by Perrault on the legend, and indicate the story originated in France. Color in map.(See attached.) Explain that class will be using this map throughout our fairy tale study to keep track of our the origins of fairy tales we read. (Whole Class, Individual Work)

2) Explain that Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is from Zimbabwe. Fill in map together. Explain that Zimbabwe is in Africa. The weather is quite different because it is near the equator, or any other facts children may want to share.

3) Preview book by showing pictures, and asking “What kind of setting is in Mufaro’s Beauitful Daughters by just looking at the illustrations?” “What do you notice about the characters and illustrations?” “How do you think this story originated?” Read blurb in beginning of book about how the book was originally an oral tale and retold by the author, John Steptoe.

5) Read aloud book, prompting students with questions throughout about the setting of the book, observations about illustrations, and predictions. (Whole Class, on rug)

6) When finished reading, discuss the story. What was the message of the book?

7) Discuss similarities and differences between Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and Cinderella. Were the characters similar or different in the two stories? How did both stories begin and end? How is magic used in both the stories? How did the setting change the story? Even though there are several differences between the two stories, can we still say both are “versions of Cinderella”?

8) Introduce the use of a Venn diagram to record our observations and ideas. Model on board.

9) Assign pairs to students and work in pairs. (can do individually as well).

10) Students use big paper and compass to create their own Venn Diagrams and fill out similarities and differences between two stories. (In pairs)



DAY 2:

Modeling the Hamburger Model to Write a Paragraph about Cinderella and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

 Essential Questions:



From: http://www.writingfix.com/wordlists/Hamburger_Paragraph_Template.pdf “


1) Students may finish their Venn Diagrams if they need more time.

Differentiation Ideas: Students struggling with comprehending story may use a copy of the book, and teacher may also provide a Venn Diagram template indicating all the elements. Student pairs who finish early may draw and color their own hamburger, list parts of the hamburger, and talk about which part of the hamburger they think are the most important and why.

2) Now, teacher will model how to use the hamburger model to write a paragraph. On the white board or chalk board, teacher will explain how the hamburger model works. Prompt students to think about “What do you like on your hamburgers?” “What makes a good hamburger?” “What do you think makes a good and complete paragraph?” The buns are the topic and closing sentence, which hold the paragraph together just like a real hamburger. You also need the meat of the paragraph to be juicy. Provide good details and solid sentences. State the fairy element you are comparing and then provide examples. These are the lettuce and ketchup of the hamburger.

3) For the model, the teacher will use the fairy tale element of magic to demonstrate the paragraph. Magic in Mufaro’s and Cinderella are both used to help the main character achieve her goal. However, the different types of magic are used (Mufaro’s: boy, snake, old lady; Cinderella: godmother, pumpkin, glass slipper) Go through each step, and write the topic sentence in the top bun, etc.

5) Students use their Venn Diagrams, pick an element to compare, and write their own paragraph in the Hamburger Paragraph Template.

Students will be evaluated upon their completion of the Venn Diagram and paragraph. Their ideas on the Venn Diagram should be complete and express their ability to analyze the story. The paragraph should include topic sentence, closing sentence, and explanation of the difference or similarity of a fairy tale element between the two texts.