...and they'll huff and they'll puff and they'll build amazing comparisons and retellings of two versions of the folk and fairy tale about those three little pigs! After reading The Three Little Pigs in a traditional version and The Three Little Javelinas, a southwestern adaptation written by Susan Lowell, students will use their reading and writing skills to build their own structured retellings of these stories. These scaffolded worksheets provide students with the opportunity to practice their identification of story elements and knowledge of writing a detailed retelling/summary of a book they have read, compare different versions of the same story, and reinforce their social studies understanding of the southwestern region of the United States.
Literacy Connection and Books Needed:
* The Three Little Javelinas - written by Susan Lowell
* Any classic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs- my favorites are the versions retold by James Marshall and Paul Galdone with their humor and clever illustrations
This 8 page packet includes:
* A cover sheet
* Two scaffolded worksheets to record the story elements of setting,
characters, problem, and solutions for each story
* Two worksheets to record the retelling of the story in students' own
words with the scaffolding of "In the beginning..., First..., Next...,
After that..., and In the end... " to guide their writing for each story
* One worksheet to record comparisons of how these two versions of
a similar story are alike and different
* A Venn Diagram worksheet labeled and ready for students to add the similarities and differences on this graphic organizer.
*One worksheet to add personal favorites and thoughts on which character in the story they would like to be and why.
1- Before reading, brainstorm a list of what the students know about the story of The Three Little Pigs.
2 - Read aloud or have students read to themselves the two different versions of the three little pig stories.
3 - Record the story elements of setting, characters, problem, and solution for each on the worksheets included independently or as a group.
4 - Once these elements are identified, students use them to help write a retelling of each story in their own words on the worksheets included.
5 - Using the story elements and retelling pages as references, students will record ways that these two stories are alike and different on the worksheet included.
6 - Using their similarities and differences paper, students will complete the Venn diagram graphic organizer.
7 - Students will choose their favorite Three Little Pigs story and tell why they chose this version on the worksheet included. On this same page, students will
share their thoughts on which character in the story they would like to be and why.