The Rough-Face Girl Activities for 3-6

Help students identify theme and character traits, analyze story elements, and more with The Rough Face Girl Activities.

The Rough-Face Girl Activities

The Rough-Face Girl is a Native American folktale that teaches readers about character. The rich language and beautiful illustrations make this picture book a compelling read-aloud. Adding the Novel Effect app to your read-aloud enhances the experience. Students can follow up with The Rough Face Girl Activities that help identify the theme, develop background knowledge, and analyze the story.

You can choose from more than a dozen English Language Arts activities. Additionally, these activities are excellent for teaching Native American heritage. Students will have the opportunity to: 

  • design a wigwam.
  • design their own moccasin style.
  • define and illustrate story vocabulary.
  • compare and contrast the story with Cinderella.
  • compare and contrast story characters.
  • describe the story’s theme.
  • reflect on the book.
  • summarize the story.
  • create a model wigwam.
  • research the Algonquin Tribe. 
  • create a symbolic image. 
  • reflect on and respond to discussion questions and writing prompts.

Activities can be used to differentiate instruction for students, provide them with a choice, or focus on a particular skill.

Download The Rough-Face Girl Activities

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About This Book and Soundscape

This story is traditional folklore of the Algonquin people and may remind readers of tales similar to Cinderella. According to the story, an invisible being lives in a village on the shores of Lake Ontario. The young women in the community all wanted to marry him because he is rich, powerful, and supposedly very handsome. Then came the Rough-Face girl, scarred by working by the fire. Would she succeed where her beautiful, cruel sisters had failed? 

When designing the soundscape for this title, designer Eric Nielsen embraced the opportunity to honor Native American culture. His study of new instruments and performance styles is evident throughout the soundscape. Authentic rawhide frame drums and Native American-style flutes are audible throughout the soundscape.

When speaking of his time composing for this story he said, “I spent hours listening to recordings from as far back as the 1950s to the present day, and ultimately crafted the main theme from musical ideas inspired by one of those early recordings.” 

Eric captured frame drums played by a tribal musician, and enlisted the help of Nez Perce actors to perform voiceovers. The time and effort Eric put into designing the soundscape make for an emotional and magical experience.

Download the Novel Effect App to bring stories to life with music and sounds that respond to your voice.

Download the Novel Effect app to bring stories to life with music and sound that respond to your voice. 

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