Folktales Anansi the Spider Bundle 3rd Grade RL3.2 RL3.3 RL3.6 RL3.9

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    Story Comparison & Writing Component


    Save 20% off these paired text read aloud companions! This bundle targets RL3.2, RL3.3, RL3.6 & RL3.9. It includes activities & specific questions to help students analyze characters, determine the central message, and distinguish their point of view from that of the characters' for both stories: Anansi Goes Fishing and Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. Plus, this bundle includes a graphic organizer (with answer key) for the purpose of comparing and contrasting characters, settings, plots, and central messages. As an added bonus, your students will enjoy writing their own Anansi trickster tales using the story planning graphic organizer and spider paper to publish their final pieces.

    Note: Anansi stories are not included, as it would be a copyright infringement.

    The activities in this resource were designed to engage students in:

    • summarizing the story

    • analyzing characters and their motives

    • determining the message of the folktale

    • identifying cause and effect

    • identifying the points of view of the characters and the reader’s own POV

    • critically think about the story through reading responses

    • compare and contrast characters, settings, plots, and central messages

    Included are the following for EACH story:

    ✔ Teacher’s notes for digging deeper into the text

    ✔ SWBST chart

    ✔ Recounting the story: first, then, next, finally

    ✔ Analyzing characters’ traits & feelings graphic organizers

    ✔ Determining the central message

    ✔ Cause & Effect graphic organizers

    ✔ Analyzing characters’ & reader’s point of view

    ✔ 6 reading response prompts: These questions

    prompt students to make inferences,

    evaluate, synthesize, and make connections

    ✔ Answer keys to guide instruction

    PLUS- In BONUS file download:

    ✔ A graphic organizer for comparing & contrasting both stories

    ✔ A graphic organizer for planning an Anansi trickster tale

    ✔ Spider writing paper for final drafts

    See more resources for common core reading standards. Please click on the links below and check out the following toolkits that can be used with any story...

    RL3.2, 4.2 & 5.2~ Finding the Theme & Message in Literature

    RL3.6, 4.6 & 5.6~ Distinguishing Point of View & Perspective

    RL2.3~ Describing Character Response to Events & Challenges

    RL3.3~ Describing Character Traits, Feelings & Motives

    RL4.3~ Describing Characters, Settings, & Events in Literature

    Needing some Ready-to-Go, detailed lessons to ignite your reading program? All you have to do is print and go!

    ~ Seed Lessons for Growing Thoughtful Readers

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
    Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
    Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
    Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
    Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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