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Drawing Conclusions Based on Literary Elements


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In this lesson, students build on the understandings developed in Lessons 1 and 2 and draw conclusions based on literary elements. Students will:

  • draw conclusions based on information within a text, including determining the theme of a text.
  • identify textual evidence to support conclusions.
  • make connections between texts.

Essential Questions

  • How does interaction with text provoke thinking and response?
  • How do strategic readers create meaning from informational and literary text?
  • What is this text really about?


  • Drawing Conclusions: Using clues from a passage to develop a reasonable judgment or idea that was not explicitly stated in the passage.
  • Character: A person or an animal in a story.
  • Setting: The time and place in which a story unfolds.
  • Plot: The structure of a story. The sequence in which the author arranges the events in a story.
  • Conflict: A struggle or clash between characters.
  • Resolution: The part of a story in which the conflict is resolved.
  • Theme: A topic of discussion or writing; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.


45–90 minutes/1–2 class periods

Prerequisite Skills


  • Cendrillon by Robert D. San Souci. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998.
  • copies of Comparing Folklore Chart (L-5-1-2_Comparing Folklore Chart_student.xlsx)
  • Cinderella Stories Chart_teacher copy: to be used for overhead transparency or projected on a screen for the class to view (L-5-1-2_Cinderella Stories Chart_teacher.xlsx)
  • multiple copies of any of the following books (enough to have the class read in small groups) Two students could share a copy of one book within a group.
    • The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo (easy). HarperCollins, 2000.
    • Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman (easy). Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
    • Cinderella, Puss in Boots and Other Favorite Tales as told by Charles Perrault (easy). Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000
    • Cinderella retold by Amy Ehrlich (medium-easy). Dutton Children’s Books, 2004.
    • Sootface, An Ojibwa Cinderella Story by Robert D. San Souci (medium-easy). Dragonfly Books, 1997.
    • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo (medium). HarperCollins, 1992.
    • Yeh-Shen, A Cinderella Story from China retold by Ai-Ling Louie (medium). Puffin, 1996.
    • The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo (medium). HarperCollins, 1996.
    • The Persian Cinderella by Shirley Climo (medium-challenging). HarperCollins, 2001.
    • Domilita: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition adapted by Jewell Reinhart Coburn (challenging). Shen’s Books, 2000.

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