Comparing Themes & Topics Across Cultures RL.4.9

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This product is designed to be used as a teaching supplement for RL.4.9 - Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

→This product could also be used to teach RL.3.9 & RL.5.9.

There is a total of 4 mini lessons. In these lessons, students will be introduced to (or review) topic, pattern of events (plot), and theme.

•Comparing Themes & Topics Across Cultures (introduction)
•Compare & Contrast 2 Greek Myths
•Compare & Contrast 2 Fables
•Compare & Contrast 2 Trickster Folktales

Each lesson allows students to find similarities and differences between the topic, pattern of events, and theme.

Ways to use these lessons:

Lesson #1: Introduction
Use the first 2 pages of this mini-unit to introduce topic, pattern of events, and theme. Allow students time to familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with these literature skills.

Note: These lessons can be done whole-group, literature circles, or with a partner.
Suggestion: Do the first two lessons together, in literature circles, or with a partner. Check for understanding. Use the last lesson as a summative grade.

Each lesson follows the same format.
♦Students read 2 traditional literature stories - Myths, Fables, or Folktales.
♦Students use a Venn-diagram to compare and contrast themes and topics found in the two stories.
♦Students answer 5 questions related to topic, pattern of events, and theme.
♦Students compare the two stories using setting, character traits, and conclusion while citing text evidence.

Lesson #2: Myths
Students read:
Thor’s Might Hammer (a Greek mythical adaption)
Perseus & Medusa (a Greek mythical adaption)

Lesson #3: Fables
Students read:
A Fox & His Skin (a Chinese fable adaptation)
The Wolf & the Goat (a Greek fable adaptation)

Lesson #4: Folktales
Students read:
Anansi the Spider (an African folktale adaptation)
Coyote & the Hen (a Native American folktale adaptation)

Answer keys are included for ALL PAGES.

*Note: The mythical stories and the fables (excluding trickster tales) included in this download are also used in McGraw Hill CCSS Literacy Handbook. All stories have been rewritten with many details added. All comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and comparison activities are my original ideas.

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