Cinderella and Bloom's Taxonomy*
*The Taxonomy of Education Objectives. Edited by Benjamin Bloom. (David McKay, 1956)
- Name the main characters in the story.
- Tell what happened when the prince came to Cinderella's house in search of the maiden who would fit the shoe.
- Draw a picture of the gown Cinderella wore to the ball.
- Why do you think Cinderella's step-sisters and step-mother streated her as they did?
- How would the story have ended if the slipper had fit one of Cinderella's step-sisters?
Reading Workshop Activities
1. Critical Reading
- Compare and contrast traditional and modern versions of a story -- discuss.
- effect of illustrations
- motifs in each story
2. Any Book
- Compare and contract two characters
- Debate merits of the author's contribution
- discuss conflict/resolution
- next episode of the book
- add a chapter
- use as a model/pattern for a new version
3. Reading Journal
- spiral binder/notebook
- date/number pages
- read--write personal response to writing:
- questions about what is happening, characters, settings, symbols, plot, theme, etc.
- quote brief passages and react to these passages
- AVOID plot summaries
Summation of some thoughts on learning process
- Our objective is to enable children ot understand the mathematical operations not just know the facts.
- We should be teaching higher level thinking skills.
- Reading is not just calling the words. Reading involves thinking.
- History is no longer thought to be just facts and dates.
- Science is a process oriented discipline.
- Communication skills involve:
"Dear me," cried Mrs. Spaniel, "What will the neighbors think?"
"They won't," said Gissing, "I don't doubt they'll tak, but they won't think. Thinking is very rare."
-- Where the Blue Begins (1922)
Christopher Morley (1890-1957)
"The right questions can help students develop the ability to think within all areas of the curriculum. Thinking is NOT a separate curriculum." —Clair Patricia Hanson
"Time is a requisite of thinking, and we learn to honor the time thinkers need." — Jane Hansen -- When Writers Read (heinemann, 1987) p. 19.