Lesson plan

Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories

This lesson will have your students learn to compare and contrast using both a classic fairy tale and a fractured versions of a fairy tale.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Learn to Compare and Contrast pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Learn to Compare and Contrast pre-lesson.

Students will be able to compare and contrast short stories.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today they will be comparing and contrasting short stories.
  • Ask students if they know the meaning of the terms compare and contrast.
  • Define the terms on the chart paper for student reference.
(20 minutes)
  • Bring students to the rug and project a classic illustrated fairy tale, such as "The Three Little Pigs." Read the story aloud.
  • Then read aloud the fractured fairy tale, such as "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig."
  • If needed, provide a wiggle break, or stretch break, between books.
(5 minutes)
  • Project page two (the blank graphic organizer) of the Compare and Contrast: Short Stories worksheet.
  • Define or review the following terms: problem, solution, and theme.
  • With input from student volunteers, compare and contrast the two story versions of "The Three Little Pigs" on the graphic organizer.
(20 minutes)
  • Distribute the Compare and Contrast: Short Stories worksheet.
  • Instruct students to read the passages with their partners, alternating sentences.
  • Instruct students to complete the graphic organizer comparing and contrasting the two short stories.

Support: While others work independently, call your struggling readers into a group to work with you.

Enrichment: For students needing a greater challenge, have students read more difficult stories, such as those in the Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School worksheet.

(5 minutes)
  • Circulate the room while students are working, answering questions and informally assessing students’ abilities.
  • Student fluency, comprehension, and writing abilities should be noted for future small group work with you.
  • Ask students to turn in their worksheets. Review later for comprehension and accuracy.
(5 minutes)
  • Call students back together.
  • Ask student volunteers to share the similarities and differences of the two stories, as well as their reasoning behind their ideas.
  • Record your answers on your copy of the graphic organizer.

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