Comparing and Contrasting Folklore Unit

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Compare and contrast folklore with two PowerPoint presentations, 10 stories, tables, Venn diagrams, and more! This complete differentiated unit teaches students to identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; find similarities and differences in these elements; and write a paragraph to compare and contrast the stories.

This bundle includes three PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, stories, student response sheets, and answer keys. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.

• Remedial students compare and contrast only characters, setting, and plot
• Average students compare and contrast characters, setting, plot, and theme
• Advanced students identify archetypes for characters, setting, plot, and theme and use them in their responses

What’s Included
• PowerPoint presentation to introduce/review types of folklore
• PowerPoint presentation to model how to write a compare/contrast paragraph
• Complete lesson plans for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment
• Poster with steps for comparing and contrasting folklore
• Ten stories to compare and contrast:
→ “Mani and Sol” (Norway) and “The Fire Dog” (Korea)
→ “The Goose and the Golden Egg” (Samoa) and “The Gold-Giving Serpent” (India)
→ “The Talking Eggs” (United States) and “Cinderella” (France)
→ “Yorimasa” (Japan) and “The Dreadful Gorgon” (Greece)
→ “Hummingbird and Crane” (United States) and “The Tortoise and the Hare” (Samoa)
• Five tables for analysis of characters, setting, plot, and theme of each pair of stories
• Five Venn diagrams for comparing and contrasting elements of each pair of stories
• Five response sheets for writing paragraphs comparing and contrasting each pair of stories
• Answer keys with suggested responses (basic and advanced) for each table, Venn diagram, and constructed response

Specially Designed for High Ability Learners
• PowerPoint presentation on archetypes in literature
• 2-page summary of common archetypes in literature (characters, settings, plots, and themes)

• Introduction/Review of Folklore – To kick off the unit, students view a brief PowerPoint presentation that defines types of folklore (myth, legend, fairy tale, fable, and tall tale) and provides examples.
• Direct Instruction – Students view Silly Symphony videos of “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Grasshopper and the Ants” (links provided). A second PowerPoint presentation models the process for identifying elements using a table, comparing and contrasting with a Venn diagram, and writing a one-paragraph compare/contrast essay.
• Guided Practice – The teacher and students read “Mani and Sol” and “The Fire Dog” then work together to identify elements, compare and contrast, and write a constructed response.
• Independent Practice – Students practice the process for writing compare/contrast essays with three additional sets of stories.
• Assessment – Two additional stories are provided as an assessment.

More Literature Units!
This unit is now available as part of Literature Bundle - Grade 4! You can purchase eight complete standards-based units (including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, practice, and assessments) plus three comprehensive assessments for a discounted price - - - or pick and choose from the list below:
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RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Lesson Plans
Summarizing Unit, Grades 4 & 5
RL.4.3 Describing a Character Lesson Plans
RL.4.4 Words from Mythology Lesson Plans
RL.4.5 Prose, Drama, and Poetry Lesson Plans
RL.4.6 Determining and Defending Point of View Lesson Plans
RL.4.9 Comparing and Contrasting Folklore
Literature Assessments - Grade 4

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Enjoy comparing and contrasting folklore!
Brenda Kovich

Common Core State Standards Reading: Literature 4.9 and 5.9 (CCSS RL.4.9, RL.5.9)

Indiana ELA Standard for Literature 4.RL.4.2 and 5.RL.4.2

*Stories were adapted from literature in the public domain.
Total Pages
3 PowerPoint presentations - 40 slides; lesson plans - 45
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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