... investigate the culture of ancient China.
In the stories about Yeh-Shen, the villagers are invited to a festival given by the king. Investigate other holidays and festivals celebrated in China. Learn about the types of entertainment and food that would be at the different festivals and write down what you learn, so that you can share examples with the class. Assignment adapted from Artsedge.
... investigate the culture of ancient Egypt.
The story of The Egyptian Cinderella begins with Rhodopis being kidnapped as a child by pirates from her home in Greece. Map out the route that the pirates must have taken from Greece to the Nile River in Egypt. Find pictures of famous Egyptian landmarks that Rhodopis might have passed or encountered; be sure to tell what they are and why they're famous! Assignment adapted from Artsedge.
Investigate the culture of the Algonquin the Native American people.
One Native American tribe which tells a version of the Rough-Faced Girl story is the Algonquins. Algonquians lived in wigwams, and all of their belongings came from nature. Research the Algonquian Indians, and make a model of their village. Be sure to label each part!