Ella Enchanted Activities

Comparing Cinderella Stories to Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted is a Cinderella story with a twist. When Ella is born, a fairy named Lucinda gives her the gift of obedience. Now, whenever anyone gives Ella an order, she must follow it. At first, Ella’s mother and their cook protect Ella. When Lady Eleanor dies, Ella’s father remarries.

As you can imagine, this causes Ella all kinds of trouble. Her mean stepsisters, Hattie and Olive, pull simple pranks. For example, Hattie tells Ella not to eat. Hattie even orders Ella to stop being friends with Areida.

Ella meets Prince Char. Even though she cares for him, Ella fears the spell will cause her to do something harmful.

Ella decides to go on a quest to find Lucinda. She wants her to remove the “curse.”

Read Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine to see if Ella is successful.

Ella Enchanted Activities

Book Unit Samples

Ella Enchanted Activities

This sample contains the following:

  • Comprehension for Chapters 1-3
  • Constructed Response Question
  • Skill Lesson – Citations (Creating a Bibliography)




Teaching Idea #1 ~ Comparing Cinderella Stories

Comparing Cinderella Stories

Literally, thousands of Cinderella stories have been told. Some popular versions include:

  • The Rough Face Girl
  • Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
  • Cinder

In these books, Cinderella is a Native American, from China, from Africa, and even a cyborg.

This free printable may be used to compare Ella Enchanted to any Cinderella story. The three mini-books include guiding questions such as:

  • What are the first and last lines of the story?
  • Is Cinderella from a royal family?
  • Does the story have good vs. evil characters?
  • Is magic part of the story?
  • What are some problems and solutions?
  • Are events grouped in threes or sevens?




Teaching Idea #2 ~ Comparing Ella Enchanted to the Traditional Cinderella Story

Ella Enchanted Activities

If you wish to go with the traditional version of Cinderella, you may download my free unit from Teachers Pay Teachers. This unit includes the story in an illustrated book form. It also contains a paper-friendly version.

The reading level is G.E. 5.1. This makes it the appropriate level for students reading Ella Enchanted.



Teaching Idea #3 ~ Student Projects

Ella Enchanted Activities

See student projects including timelines, bookmarks, and illustrations from the story.






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Ella Enchanted Book Unit

Ella Enchanted Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.  



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