Cinderella Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What do your students know about Cinderella? A text lesson provides a summary and brief character analysis while an activity gives students a chance to break it down even further.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Cinderella
  • identify key characters and themes in Cinderella
  • compose a modern version of the Cinderella story


  • 1 to 2 hours


  • White drawing paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Copies of Cinderella by the brothers' Grimm

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).


Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.


  • Begin by asking students to think about Cinderella. What images come to their minds? Have them sketch these now using the paper and colored pencils.
  • When each student has a drawing that represents their knowledge of Cinderella, display them throughout the classroom for all to see.
  • Now have the class watch the introduction and 'A Violent Fairy-Tale' sections of the video lesson The Grimm Brothers' Cinderella: Summary & Characters.
  • Now have the students review the drawings hung around the classroom. How many things can they spot in the drawings that match the information presented in the lesson?
  • Now have the class watch the rest of the lesson.
  • Once again, have them look at the drawings displayed for the class. How many of the characters presented in the text lesson can be found in the drawings?

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