Cinderella Activities

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

The story of 'Cinderella' isn't just a tale about a princess finding her prince. Use these hands-on activities to help students analyze the story of 'Cinderella' on many different levels.

Your Pumpkin Carriage Awaits

Most students have probably heard of Cinderella or watched the cartoon movie version. Cinderella, however, is more than just a happy children's tale. It contains well-developed characters, an in-depth plot structure, and global themes. Let's examine some activities to help students explore Cinderella in depth. Consider having students read both the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault versions of Cinderella before the activities.

Fight Night

Challenge students to provide a play-by-play analysis, like a sports announcer, of the literary conflicts in Cinderella.

Materials

  • Index cards
  • Pencils
  • Microphone (real or toy)

Teacher Directions

  1. Have students brainstorm the literary conflicts in Cinderella, including man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. nature, man vs. society, and man vs. the supernatural. Address what each conflict is about and how/if it was resolved.
  2. Ask students to think about what announcers at boxing or wrestling matches do as a fight is going on.
  3. Ask students to assume the role of sports announcers and write a short play-by-play analysis of how one of the conflicts in Cinderella unfolds throughout the story. Students should write their scripts on their notecards. For example, a man vs. supernatural conflict could include Cinderella vs. the magic ending at midnight. A play-by-play analysis of this conflict could look like this: ''Ladies and gentleman, tonight we will see if Cinderella can defeat the magic that will end at midnight. She seems to be having fun at the ball. Oh look, she's with the prince. The clock is getting close to midnight. This is not looking good. Cinderella is rushing to leave, and…Oh no! She lost her shoe…''
  4. Encourage students to think about how the actions of the story set up the conflict and its resolution.
  5. When students are finished, provide them with a microphone and have them present their play-by-play analysis to the class.

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