Compare and contrast folklore with three 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.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, this unit is classroom tested and kid approved. It is also a part of the Fourth Grade Literature Skills Bundle, which addresses all fourth grade literature skills.
- PowerPoint presentation to introduce/review types of folklore
- PowerPoint presentation to model how to write a compare/contrast paragraph
- Links to two cartoon videos: “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Grasshopper and the Ants,” which are compared in the PowerPoint
- 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:
- 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
- Companion website with additional teacher tips and resources
- “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)
- Advanced Students – A specially created PowerPoint presentation teaches students how to identify archetypes in literature. In addition, a two-page reference guide lists common archetypes for character, setting, plot, and theme. After instruction, these students can use archetypes to compare and contrast stories.
- Average Students – Most students compare and contrast setting, plot and theme.
- Remedial Students – For those who are struggling, require only characters, setting, and plot.
BONUS: You will also receive the link to a companion website. It stores all files (and more) in one convenient place. Just click and go. Individual pages are ready to share digitally. You can grab the URL or force a Google file to share with your students. It's perfect for Google Classroom. Click here to preview the website.
- 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.
Like each of my fourth grade literature skills units, this resource is available in three formats:
- PowerPoint – for teachers who want a clear introduction to the standard
- Practice – for teachers whose students need extra work on the standard
- Unit (this resource) – *best value* for teachers who want a complete learning cycle: direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment (PowerPoint, practice, additional resources, companion website, and paperless Google option included)
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*Stories were adapted from literature in the public domain.
- CCSS 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.
- Alaska Reading Standard for Literature Grade 4 – Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and plots (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in literature.
- Florida CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.3.9 – 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.
- Indiana Academic Standard 4.RL.4.2 – Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
- South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards Indicator 4-7.2 – Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes, topics, and patterns of events in texts and diverse media.
- Texas TEKS Reading/Comprehension Skills for Fourth Grade 4.3.B – Compare and contrast the adventures or exploits of characters (e.g., the trickster) in traditional and classical literature.
I’m committed to continual improvement. This product was updated and enhanced on September 11, 2018.