Comparing and Contrasting Folktales Around the World Unit | Grades 4 & 5

Brenda Kovich
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4th - 5th, Homeschool
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    Comparing Folktales Lesson Plans


    Explore similar themes and topics in folktales from around the world with three instructional slideshows, posters, fourteen paired passages, and graphic organizers. The complete differentiated ELA unit teaches fourth and fifth grade students to identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; find similarities and differences; and write a paragraph to compare and contrast the literature from different cultures.

    To support classroom, hybrid, and distance learning, slideshows are included in two formats: PowerPoint and Google Slides. Student pages may be used as printable PDFs, customized Easel Activities, or forced Google Slides.

    The bonus file offers comprehensive lesson plans and links to all digital resources. Open the bonus preview to check it out.

    ELA Resources:

    • Instructional presentations two formats - PowerPoint and Google Slides:
      • Introduction to types of folklore
      • Comparing and contrasting folktales
      • Archetypes (for advanced learners)
    • Types of folklore posters
    • Student pages as printable PDFs or shareable Easel Activities:
      • Ten passages
      • 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 constructing responses
    • Answer keys with suggested responses (basic and advanced) for each table, Venn diagram, and constructed response
    • Bonus file with lesson plans, four additional stories, and generic organizers

    Stories from Different Regions of the World:

    • “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)
    • Bonus Fable Set: "The Peacock" and "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"
    • Bonus Fable Set: "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Donkey and the Load of Salt"

    Differentiation in This Unit:

    • Advanced Students – A specially created 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.

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    Stories were adapted from literature in the public domain.

    I’m committed to continual improvement. This product was updated and enhanced on July 18, 2020.

    Total Pages
    more than 120 pages
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    Teaching Duration
    2 Weeks
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
    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.


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