This is a Literary Writing Task that pairs a humorous fiction story and a Aesop fable together with like characters. The following is the writing task (prompt) that students will respond to after reading both pieces of literature.
Refer to the story “Diary of a Spider” and “A Swallow and a Spider.” Then respond to the following writing prompt.
Spider and Fly are good friends in the “Diary of a Spider.” How is this different from how the characters feel about each other in “A Swallow and a Spider?”
Write an essay explaining how the characters in “Diary of a Spider” are different from the characters in “A Swallow and a Spider?” how each illustration helps the reader understand the characters’ action in each text. Be sure to use evidence from each piece of text to support your answer.
This literary task using paired texts serves as great practice for the end of the year standardized testing.