Clara lives with her stepmother and stepsister who treat her terribly. She cooks and cleans all day with little thanks. One day she drops something down the well and her stepmother throws her down the well to retrieve it. Instead she meets Frau Holle who invites her to stay in her house. When it's time to leave, Frau Holle gives her a fabulous golden dress. When the stepmother sees this, she decides to send her other daughter, Agnes, to see Frau Holle. Will she also get a golden dress for her efforts?

This clip is from:
French - Frau Holle
First broadcast:
23 March 2009

Before watching the clip, the main characters could be introduced to the pupils. Students could be encouraged to compare the story and characters with other tales and characters they might know such as Cinderella. Students could predict what is likely to happen to each one of the main characters and watch the clip to see whether they were right. The pupils could perform some of the main scenes in the tale or use a mix of mime and basic French sentences. Pupils could do a match up exercise to consider alternative adjectives in English and French to describe the main characters. Pupils could discuss in detail the moral message throughout the tale eg benefits of hard work and kindness.