From Rags to Riches

Curricular Connections

Close Reading (including summarizing, sequencing, and identifying cause
and effect), Critical Thinking, Creative Writing


  • A copy of the opera’s synopsis (either the written or illustrated version)
  • Writing supplies

For optional Diving Deeper activities:

  • Large construction paper
  • Costumes/props
  • Rulers
  • Tape
  • Index cards
  • Other art supplies

Common Core Standards

This activity directly supports the following ELA-Literacy Common Core Strands:

Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.