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Activity 5: Stories and Legends Around the World (GLEs: 1, 48, 51)

Materials List: Internet (optional), books on Cinderella, maps, globes

Tell students that different countries have stories and legends that are part of their culture.  Discuss how these stories are alike and different from the stories and legends in the United States.

Tell the students the story of Cinderella.  Discuss how it appears in many different cultures. Read and discuss the English version of Cinderella with the students. Then choose another version of Cinderella from another country to share with students. One or more of the following books may be used:

·     The Turkey Girl by Penny Pollock (Turkey)

·      Sootface by Robert San Souci (Native American)        

·     The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo (Egypt)

·     The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo (Ireland)  

·     The Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault (France)

·     Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie (China)

·     The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo (Peru)

·     The Golden Sandal by Rebecca Hickox (Iraq)

·     Donitila by Jewell Reinhart Cobum (Mexico)

·     The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo (North Korea)

·     The Gift of the Crocodile by Judy Sierra (Indonesia)

·     Fair, Brown, and Trembling by Jude Daly (Ireland)

·     Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe (Africa)

·     The Way Meat Loves Salt by Nina Jaffe (Israel)

·     Smoky Mountain Rose by Alan Schroedea (United States)

Read aloud one or two different versions of Cinderella. Put students into small groups. Have students compare and contrast the events in each of the different versions of Cinderella, using a Venn diagram graphic organizer (view literacy strategy descriptions). Have each group exchange diagrams and read and interpret the information written.  Then have students compare what they wrote to what the other groups wrote and share any information that was different.

Next, read to students some historical stories and legends that are set in recognizable places. Using maps and globes, have students find the locations where actions in the readings occur. Have them illustrate a figure in the story and write a journal entry summarizing a historical story or legend. Students may share their writings orally with the class.

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