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Many classic tales, like "Cinderella," can be found worldwide. Bacis events are similar, but each retelling is molded by the culture in which it exists. Present your class with several version of tale (links provided) and have them discuss the unique qualities of each. Pupils then write their own ultra-modern version of the Cinderella tale and present it along with a critique of how it compares to the French one composed by Charles Perrault.
Seventh graders define race, ethnic group, and culture. They identify the ways in which words are used in political cartoons and examine the way visual elements in a cartoon determine the meaning of words and enhance their impact. They explain the concept of stereotyping.
Students complete reading Because of Winn-Dixie individually or as a class. As students reunite Opal and Winn-Dixie in this timed reading comprehension maze game, they demonstrate their understanding of the novel's plot, theme, and settings. They reinforce key reading and writing strategies, including cause-and-effect and problem/solution.
Students read and predict the outcome of a story set during the Civil War, then map the story. To prepare for the activity, students determine why it is important to look at historical events from all angles by using primary and secondary sources.
In this writing worksheet, students discover the importance of the setting of a story. Students read 3 passages which tell story settings and complete 4 questions about them.
Second graders identify the universal theme in the Cinderella story. In this fairy tale activity, 2nd graders develop their vocabularies as they read a variation of Cinderella.
Students review the story Because of Winn-Dixie. In this literature lesson, students go to the Scholastic website to play the Maze Game and answer questions about the story. Students make their own maze game with questions from the book.
Students participate in guided reading lessons associated with the book The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo In this guided reading lesson set, students complete lessons that include pre-reading, reading, and post reading activities. They focus on text conventions, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Are you in need of a new way to teach learners sequence of events and how to interpret a character's external motivations? Why not engage them in dramatic play? The class will use tableaux to convey the sequence of events in a familiar story; they will then convey setting, character, and action using the same technique. Afterward, they'll discuss how the tableau communicated the character's intentions in each scene. 
Fifth graders correspond with one another regarding interesting global topics. They swap interview questions and collaborate in the publishing of an online newspaper. This should be a highly motivating instructional activity which get kids writing!
Students describe cultural/environmental characteristics of the story's setting. They determine whether reluctant giving is considered an act of philanthropy and they describe how greed can blind one to life's real treasures.
Students find ways to share their favorite books. In this reading strategies lesson plan, students advertise books, create a top ten countdown, give a video book talk, simmer story stew, make book medals, play name that book, design a character t-shirt, or string together a book chain.
Third graders read and discuss the story of Crazy Horse. For this Crazy Horses' Vision teacher's guide, 3rd graders examine the life of Native American, Crazy Horse. Students answer questions, perform literature circle roles, and complete written activities when finished. 
Explore story structure by reading a classic children's book. In this character study lesson, youngsters read the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and discuss themes, settings and characters in the book. They answer study questions and define vocabulary terms in the story.
Comprised of 12 short stories, The Long Valley is a collection published by author John Steinbeck. The graphic organizer provided here can be used with any of the 12 stories. Readers record characters, powerful quotations, a setting description, and other details as they read the short story selected. 
Students study the cultural and geographic characteristics of the continents by examining stories and images. They describe geographic characteristics and identify each continent.
Fifth graders examine threat to all people (particularly the Jews) resulting from the imposition of Nazi authority, and appreciate the courage exhibited by ordinary people acting out of conscience.
Students write and illustrate a story to describe the habitat and life cycle of a selected animal. They write and publish their story, and create a picture of the animal on a wooden board.
W.W. Jacobs' story "The Monkey's Paw" provides plenty of foreshadowing which readers use to make predictions in this tightly composed, sound instructional plan. Your class reads the story, recording predictions and checking for veracity at the end. Predictions based on examples of foreshadowing emphasize text citation. Readers share examples on a SMART Board (though a chalkboard would work as well). Includes a predictions sheet and link to an audio version of the story.
Students read and analyze Appalachian folktales. In this Appalachian folktale lesson, students locate the Appalachian area on maps before reading and determining the characteristics of these folktales. They complete comprehension and interpretation questions. This lesson contains many extension activities.

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