The comparing fictional stories standard was a lot of fun to teach. We covered two comparisons of book sets seen here below. The RL domain asks students to be able to compare and contrast two fictional stories.
- Kinder: With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
- 1st Grade: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
- 2nd Grade: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
- 3rd Grade: 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)
Little Red Hen Comparisons:
First, we started with The Little Red Hen. We took the original folk tale from Reading A-Z. Then, we compared it to a fractured folk tale. The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza is a great comparison book for this!
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As a whole group, we completed these graphic organizers that I made for my class. In each box, the students had to write about the characters, events, and settings in the story. Then, they had to circle the similarities. Since they were circling the similarities, they could easily compare.
More Little Red Hen fractured folk tales
After we compared and contrasted Little Red Hen and its fractured folk tale, it was time to compare other fictional stories. Now, we were going to compare two seasonal Little Red Hen. For these compare fictional stories activities, I read the stories aloud and asked students to complete a graphic organizer.
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The picture included shows a beginning, middle, and end map we did after we read the story! We then filled out a comparison map I made where the students filled out information on both stories. Then, they circled what was similar.
Blind Men and the Elephant & Seven Blind Mice
These two old folk tales can deliver strong messages and are great comparison pieces. In both stories, the characters are feeling things and trying to determine what it is.
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We then finished comparing fictional stories with a Venn Diagram.
Need more Comparing Fiction resources?
I have an RL9 unit for 5 different grade levels! Check your grade level’s unit out.
Plus I have a freebie that includes graphic organizers for books you compare and contrast in your classroom.