I began by introducing the idea
of a matrix to the students as a way of organizing information about
books so that we can find patterns in the stories. After reading a
version of Cinderella that most the children were familiar
with (Cinderella, Disney), we filled in the matrix (see
below) for that story. Later we read a second version, (Bigfoot
Cinderrrrella, Tony Johnston, James Warhola, K. Gilson) and
completed the matrix for that story. The children begin to see
connections between the two books right away, but also noticed the
After discussing the matrix and
finding patterns in the Cinderella versions, we began
brainstorming the elements that would go in our version. Some of the
patterns from the other versions remained in tact, for example, the
mean step sisters, Cinderella losing an item and the fact that there
is a prince and he and Cinderella live happily ever after. The
differences however, were what made our version unique.
Once our elements were
brainstormed, I sat at the computer and typed the story as they told
me how to write it. It really was fun and all the kids were engaged
and ready. We “wrote” and revised and laughed!
Several children became so
excited about the prospect of our crazy version, they asked if we
could put on a play. We spent a good portion of the afternoon acting
out our version of Cinderella. For homework that evening, the
children read or listened to an adult read our version,
Spacerella. Their job was to create a “movie in their head” as
they read/listened and to create an illustration for the story. We
shared them the following day.
As a wrap up, the kids completed
the Kidspiration activity.
Once upon a time there was an alien girl named Spacerella. She
lived on the moon in a rocket ship with her nice step mom and her
mean stepsisters. The mean stepsisters would lock Spacerella in her
room and her mom would let her out.
When Spacerella was getting ready for the ball at the bowling
alley on Jupiter, her mean stepsisters locked her in her room. All
of a sudden a fairy astronaut poofed into her room and gave her a
flying car. He dressed her in a blue sparkly shirt, a pink fuzzy
dress, glass slippers and a rose in her hair. The most beautiful
thing of all was her new golden tooth. The alien prince loved
golden teeth. The fairy astronaut told her that she had to be home
by midnight or the spell would be broken.
Spacerella went to the ball and bowled a strike! The clock
struck midnight and as she ran she lost her golden tooth. The alien
prince found the golden tooth and went looking for his beautiful
He search and searched the universe and finally found
Spacerella on the moon. The golden tooth fit!
Then they lived happily ever after.
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