The sleeping beauty

Words: 301-400

Skills: Context Clues Summary

Grades: 1st 2nd 3rd

Topics: Fairy Tales and Fables

Genres: Prose

Lexile Range: 1300L +

Lexile Measure: 1330L

CCSS: Reading: Literature

Themes:

The Sleeping Beauty


by Watty Piper from Children's Hour with Red Riding Hood and Other Stories

There are many versions of the classic fairy tale, “The Sleeping Beauty;” this version is from 1922. Students will read the story of the princess that slept for 100 years and then answer questions on the language and key details.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Sleeping Beauty

by Watty Piper from Children's Hour with Red Riding Hood and Other Stories

Once upon a time there was a king and queen who for a very long time had no children, and when at length a little daughter was born to them they were so pleased that they gave a christening feast to which they invited a number of fairies. But, unfortunately, they left out one rather cross old fairy, and she was so angry that she said the princess should die when she reached the age of sixteen, by pricking her hand with a spindle.

All the other fairies present, except one, had already given the princess their beautiful gifts, and this last one said she could not prevent part of the wicked wish coming true; but her gift should be that the princess should not really die, but only fall into a deep sleep, which should last for a hundred years, and at the end of that time she should be awakened by a king's son.

It all happened as the fairies had predicted. When the princess was sixteen years old she saw an old woman spinning and took the spindle from her to try this strange new work. Instantly she pricked her hand and fell into a deep sleep, as did everyone else in the palace. There she lay in a bower of roses, year after year, and the hedge around the palace garden grew so tall and thick that at last you could not have told that there was a castle at all.

At the end of the hundred years a king's son heard of the castle and the enchanted princess who lay asleep there and determined to rescue her. So he cut his way through the thick prickly hedge and at length he came to the princess. When he saw how lovely and how sweet she looked, he fell in love with her and, stooping, kissed her lips.

At once she awoke and with her the king and queen and all the courtiers, who had fallen asleep at the same time.

As the princess was as much taken with the prince's appearance as he was with hers, they decided to be married. And so the wedding was celebrated the same day with great pomp and ceremony.

Passage Only

Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Why was the cross old fairy angry?



2. Sleeping Beauty pricked her hand on a spindle. What is a spindle?



3. What was the last fairy’s gift?



4. What happened in the palace garden during the hundred years that Sleeping Beauty slept?

 

Vocabulary List

Vocabulary List

Each of the vocabulary words below are used in the reading passage. As you read the passage, pay attention to context clues that suggest the word’s meaning.

  1. unfortunately
  2. pricking
  3. spindle
  4. predicted
  5. bower

Context Clues

Context Clues

Using context clues from the sentences in the passage, underline the correct meaning of the word in boldface.

1. “But, unfortunately, they left out one rather cross old fairy”

a. unluckily; sadly      b. luckily; happily      c. unknowingly or accidentally       d. suddenly or quickly

2. “the princess should die when she reached the age of sixteen, by pricking her hand with a spindle”

a. smashing; crushing      b. sticking or stabbing      c. coloring; marking      d. wrapping or covering

3. “the princess should die when she reached the age of sixteen, by pricking her hand with a spindle

a. coarse cloth       b. gold chain      c. spider web       d. rod for thread; pin

4. “It all happened as the fairies had predicted

a. dreamed of      b. wished or wanted      c. forecasted; anticipated      d. flown away

5. “There she lay in a bower of roses”

a. bed; cot      b. shady area; grove      c. pile or heap      d. crown or wreath