Cinderella Around the World

Lesson 9


Unit 1

2nd Grade

Lesson 9 of 27


Describe Yeh-Shen’s relationship with the fish and why it is important by analyzing details in a text to draw conclusions about characters’ actions and motivations.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie  pp. 1 – 15

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

Describe Yeh-Shen’s relationship with the fish. Why is it important?

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Key Questions

  • What did the stepmother do? Why? How did it make Yeh-Shen feel?

  • What information does Yeh-Shen learn from the kind uncle?

  • How do the bones continue to provide comfort to Yeh-Shen? How do they also provide dread?

  • Why is Yeh-Shen finally feeling delighted?

  • Fluency: I am going to read page 12 and I want you to notice the way I read what the people are whispering. Afterwards, you are going to practice with a partner and then with the whole class.

  • Explain the significance of the illustrations. How do they help the reader better understand the story?




cry in a loud way



clever in a tricky way; tricking others to get what you want



great fear


  • There is an excerpt from “The Classic Fairy Tales” that explains the history of Yeh-Shen. It is important to share this information with students: Even though we may think of the French Cinderella as the “original,” it most likely originates in Asia.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.2 — Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • RL.2.3 — Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • RL.2.7 — Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

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