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You are here: Home > Teaching Tips for Books You've Purchased > Chinese Lesson Plans > Cinderella vs. Yeh-Shen - A Cinderella Story from China Lesson Plan

Cinderella vs. Yeh Shen

A Lesson plan for Yeh-Shen, A Cinderella Story from China

*This is a Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Template

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45 minutes

Subject Area


Grade Level

Middle school students

Unit Title


Lesson Title

Cinderella vs. Yeh-Shen


Write 2-5 objectives stating expected learner outcomes

* Work on comprehension and attention to detail

* Compare and Contrast the two versions of the same plot.

* Note the cultural differences


 Materials and Resources:

Copy of the traditional story of Cinderella

Copies of Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China retold by Ai-Ling Louie for students

White board and markers or overhead projector

Paper and writing utensils

Anticipatory Set

List specific statements or activities you will use to focus students on the lesson for the day

*Discuss what it means to compare two pieces of literature

* Discuss what it means to contrast two pieces of literature     (5 minutes)


For the student's benefit, explain what students will be able to do by the time they successfully complete the lesson.

*Help students understand the importance of reading for understanding.

*Help students understand how to evaluate a piece of literature

*Help students understand how our different cultures can change essentially the same plot, meaning, and understanding of literature. 


What information is essential for the student to know before beginning and how will this skill be communicated to the students

* How we understand what we read is based upon our background and the knowledge we possess before even picking up a piece of literature. 

*We are going to read two pieces of literature that are essentially based upon the same plot.  One is probably the more traditional story most of us have heard growing up.  The other is based upon the Chinese culture.  Please listen for the details that make each story different or the same. (5 minutes)


If you will be demonstrating the skill or competence, how will this be done?

*Read the traditional story of Cinderella

*Now read Yeh-Shen. Class can read along silently.

Example:  Compare: both are about a young girl being raised by a mean stepmother.  Contrast:  One is based upon the Disney version of Cinderella, and one accentuates the Chinese culture.

 (25 minutes)

Check for Understanding

Identify strategies to be used to determine if students have learned the objectives

What is a comparison?  What is contrasting literature?

Guided Practice

List activities which will be used to guide student practice and provide a time frame for completing this practice.

Students will be required to compare or contrast the two cultural versions of the timeless tale and give an opinion as to what they like or dislike about the story/stories.


What method of review and evaluation will be used to complete the lesson?

Cinderella or Yen-Shen, and any other culture you choose could write their own version of a little orphan girl turned princess.  How would it compare?

Independent Practice

List homework/seatwork assignment to be given to the students to ensure they have mastered the skill without teacher guidance.

Write at least a half page comparing or contrasting the two stories read in class today. You choose.  Use at least 3 examples and give your opinion as to what you liked or disliked about either story.


How did the class go?  Were the students engaged?  What would you do differently or the same?


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