The Big Bad…What?
Students will compare and contrast characters in a fiction text.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Show students pictures of two pieces of fruit (e.g., an apple and a banana) ask them what is the same about the two and what is different.
- Write answers on a blank Venn diagram. Explain that when we find things that are the same it is called comparing and when we find the things that are different, it is called contrasting. We use a special organizer, called a Venn diagram to show how we compare and contrast things.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Show student the cover of The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury and read them the title. Ask them to make a guess, or prediction of what the story will be about.
- Write a few of the predictions on the board. Explain that a prediction is a guess of what might happen.
- Briefly review what characters (people or animals in a story), setting (where a story takes place), and events (what happens in a story) mean with the class as you point to each word on the chart paper.
- Read aloud the story The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury and make list of characters, setting, and events on the chart paper as you read.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Ask students to think about the three wolves and the big bad pig. On the whiteboard or chart paper, draw a blank Venn diagram and write “three wolves” on one side and “Big Bad Pig” on the other side.
- Identify what is similar about the characters by asking students to turn and talk to a partner answering the question, “How are the wolves and the pig the same?” Answers might be that they are both animals and they both want something badly (the wolves a safe house and the pig to get inside the houses).
- Record student ideas on the Venn diagram.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Pass out the Compare & Contrast Fairy Tale Characters worksheet and ask students to fill in their ideas of how the characters are the same (from the previous activity) on the Venn diagram.
- Have them think about how the characters are different and draw pictures and/or write words in the Venn diagram.
- Have students work with a partner to fill out the Compare & Contrast Fairy Tale Characters worksheet. Support students as needed by allowing them to dictate their thinking to you.
- Pass out the Compare & Contrast Fairy Tale Settings, and Compare & Contrast Fairy Tale Events worksheets and have students complete them for the read-aloud story.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Collect student worksheets and assess whether students’ were able to accurately compare and contrast the characters in the story.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask a few students to share their compare sections about the characters in the story.
- Say: “When we are reading, it can be helpful to think about how characters in a story are the same and how they are different. When we compare and contrast characters, we learn more about them.”