How to Get Results with Cinderella Writing

Cinderella writing activities have a magical effect on kids’ narratives. After exploring folktales and parodies, ask them to choose a motif and plan elements. Poof! Some amazing stories will emerge.

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Ms. Sneed’s Class Reads a Traditional Tale

“Let’s review the traditional Cinderella,” Ms. Sneed told her fourth grade class. “It’s an adaptation of Charles Perrault’s famous French fairy tale.”

This adaptation of the French Cinderella folktale (which was retold by Charles Perrault) is appropriate for kids in third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade.

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Ms. Sneed’s Class Explores Parody

“When a traditional story is retold in a funny way, it’s called parody,” said Ms. Sneed. “Let’s read one.”

This Cinderella parody, "Daisy Della," is appropriate for kids in third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade.

When finished, she asked, “What is this story’s motif?”


“You know, what idea, or theme, did the author use to spin this story?”

“Oh,” said a girl with braids, “you mean like plants. All the characters were plants.”

“Right,” added the boy who sat behind her. “And the story took place in a garden.”

“Great!” said Ms. Sneed. “Now you’re going to write some parodies of your own.” Everyone perked up.

Ms. Sneed’s Class Plans Some Cinderella Writing

“First, you’ll plan,” announced the teacher.

She handed out some pages. “To choose a motif, do some brainstorming. I’d like you to consider at least three.”

The room buzzed with excitement. “I already have an idea,” said the girl with braids. “It’s a cheese theme, and the main character’s name is Mozzarella.”

Her neighbor giggled. “That’s funny! I love cats. So my story will feature some sort of felines.”

Ms. Sneed grinned. Right now, no one could stop her class. They were swept away with the magic of creativity.

Two planing sheets help kids plan their Cinderella parodies. First, they choose a motif. Then they plan the elements.

Publishing and Sharing Cinderella Writing

In just a few days, most kids finished their Cinderella writing. “Now you’ll type your stories,” said Ms. Sneed. “Put only a few sentences or paragraphs on a page. Then leave space for illustrations. When we’re done, you’ll share these picture books with the kindergarten classes.” Everyone cheered.

Yep. Ms. Sneed loved this Cinderella writing project. Why? It inspired even the most reluctant writer.

Over the next few years, the Cinderella unit grew. Her students compared Cinderella stories from around the world, worked on reading skills, and did some engaging activities. As she added to her unit, the students had more fun – and she did too!

Enjoy Teaching

Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.

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