Multicultural Cinderella Stories

BY Lauren Keaney-Serpa

West Tisbury School

Project Description
The funds from this grant will be used to create a new multicultural library of Cinderella stories for the 3rd grade students at the West Tisbury School. Students in 3rd grade will read various Cinderella stories from around the world and then create their own. They will compare/contrast details and evaluate plots, etc. This project has a culminating event of a family night when parents are invited to hear students’ stories.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The project will be evaluated by student engagement and participation. My students create their own Cinderella stories and we post them on the student online newspaper. I would like my students to understand the plot line. Students should also be able to compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact). Family participation at the culminating event (Cinderella night) will be a gauge of success, also.

Benefit to the students and the school
Introducing students to other cultures at an early age is so important. Students should understand that there is value in diversity. I have a mix of white, Native American and Brazilian students in my classroom. I would like for them to hear stories of Asian, African and other cultures from around the world to understand the commonalities we all share.
Bringing family onto campus for any reason is beneficial. Students reading their own Cinderella creations to an audience of parents is priceless.