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Main objective

Understand story elements by creating a book trailer with the main story elements based on a cultural version of the Cinderella text.


Common Core State Standards- English Language Arts

Based on 2nd grade.

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Tackling story elements!

Looking for a fun way to tackle story elements? Consider having your students create book trailers that showcase their understanding of text! Students will synthesize, summarize and design in this learning experience. Plus, Cinderella is the perfect story to look at multiple cultural versions as included in the CCSS ELA Standards. The kids are sure to love searching for licensed images, working collaboratively and video editing!

Suggested Steps
  • Collect different Cinderella story texts.
  • Review Story Elements (see standards as a guide),
  • Group students.
  • Assign each group a Cinderella story version.
  • Create a graphic organizer for students to record their thinking on.
  • Introduce the project, expectations, rubric, etc.
  • Students, in groups, read their assigned text.
  • Students fill out the graphic organizer.
  • Find images/symbols that synthesize their thinking on a licensed images platform. Save to Google Drive.
  • Use WeVideo to create video.
    • Upload/Insert Media
    • Add a Title
    • Record Audio
    • Add Music
    • Transitions
    • Publish
  • Give students opportunities to reflect
    • Self Reflect- fill out a rubric or checklist, answer questions
    • Give peer feedback
    • Make a plan for their next research video
  • Compare and Contrast the different versions
    • Discuss using Socratic Seminar method
    • Create Venn Diagrams


  • Story elements graphic organizer:
  • Video editor
  • WeVideo Essentials Library stock content
  • Cinderella books

Tips and tricks

  • Suggested Cinderella picture book titles: Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella, The Korean Cinderella, Glass Slipper Gold Sandal, Yeh-Shen, The Egyptian Cinderella, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
  • Students may need more than one example of book trailers- have students identify elements as watching.
  • Searching for labeled for reuse images- digital citizenship matters:
    • Or use the WeVideo’s Essential Library with over 650,000 pieces of free stock content.
  • Group students in a way to best meet needs, utilize anchor charts from prior instruction for students, model for synthesizing information into a single image/symbol for the video, show sample book trailers.

Reflection and assessment

  • Self reflection would be great! Peer feedback could definitely be incorporated.
  • To hit another standard, have students watch all the videos based on the different versions and then compare and contrast the stories (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.)
  • Have students create the rubric BEFORE starting the project! Use this rubric to assess at the end.