Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Rapunzel – Traditional Literature

2013-06-20 03.22.39

Bibliographic Information: Isadora, R. (2008). Rapunzel. New York, NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

 Lexile Measure: 700L

 Synopsis: This book is a classic fairy tale retold in an African setting. Rapunzel, the protagonist, is born in an unfortunate circumstance due to her parent’s choices. Despite her negative environment, she perseveres and discovers the meaning of happiness.

 Rationale for Classroom Use: Students can use a thinking map ( map) to describe the elements of plot in Rapunzel. Students can also use higher order thinking skills by comparing and contrasting the different fairy tale versions of Rapunzel.

 Common Core Connection:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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