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Students will compare and contrast story elements.
Students read paired reading passages, organize elements in tables, compare in Venn diagrams, and write compare and contrast paragraphs. This set emphasizes location of important story elements and using them to construct responses.
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- Steps for Comparing and Contrasting Stories
- Common Characters, Settings, Plots, and Themes (Archetypes)
- 5 Sets of Reading Passages
- “Mani and Sol” and “The Fire Dog”
- “The Goose and the Golden Egg” and “The Gold-Giving Serpent”
- “The Talking Eggs” and “Cinderella, or the Glass Slipper”
- “Yorimasa” and “The Dreadful Gorgon”
- “The Race Between Hummingbird and Crane” and “The Tortoise and the Hare”
- Tables to list elements
- Venn diagrams to compare elements
- Sample responses – basic and advanced
- Identify the characters, setting, plot, and theme of each story and record them in a two-column table.
- Use a Venn diagram to categorize similarities and differences in the stories’ elements. construct responses to communicate how the stories are alike and different.
- As students become familiar with this process, have them create their own tables and diagrams to better prepare them for testing.
- Lessons use process differentiation.
- Remedial - Read and discuss paired reading passages together. Ask students to identify characters, setting, and plot then write a one-paragraph response.
- Average - Ask students to read stories independently; identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; and write a one-paragraph response.
- Advanced - Ask students to read stories independently; identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; determine archetype for each; and write a longer response (one or more paragraphs).
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