Learn to sing a folksong from a different culture and strengthen their understanding of communities over time.
Better understand why Folktales and Fairytales are in the nonfiction genre.
Compare and contrast different stories using a Venn diagram.
MaterialsAny two Cinderella tales from different countries/cultures
Online Venn diagram
Words to song to be projected
Activities1. Classroom teachers will read a traditional Cinderella for background knowledge.
2. In the media center, have the students re-tell the Cinderella story they heard earlier in the proper sequential order.
3. Listen to a read-aloud of the two Cinderella stories from other cultures/countries.
4. Compare and contrast the two stories using a Venn diagram to illustrate similarities and differences.
5. Review the distinction between fiction and nonfiction. Talk about the Dewey Decimal System for arranging nonfiction. Discuss why might folktales (and fairytales) be classified with nonfiction. Talk about how these are community stories handed down from generation to generation. Quick telephone game to demonstrate handing on a story.
6. Look at the countries and cultures these two stories came from. Then, learn a traditional song from one of these countries. Teacher will model the song. Using call and response, students will learn the song line-by-line. We will practice the song three times so they can sing it straight through.