Lesson Plan

The Same or Different? You Decide!

Are the stories the same or different? You decide! Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing the story elements in two fictional stories written by the same author.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare and contrast story elements from two fictional stories with similar characters.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(3 minutes)
Compare and Contrast Elements of a StoryStory Elements: Compare & Contrast
  • Display a traditional Venn diagram graphic organizer, and then display a copy of the Compare and Contrast Elements of a Story worksheet. Ask students to discuss how the graphic organizers are the same and different.
  • Ask students to share their observations of the two graphic organizers, and clarify that these are both used to compare and contrast. Point out to students that they actually just compared and contrasted, which is the goal of the lesson.
  • Read the learning objective aloud and have the students repeat it. Explain that today, we will read two stories about a character that struggles. Share that, as we read, we're going to use the compare and contrast strategy to figure out what's similar about the stories and how they are different.
  • Beginning: Provide the definition of compare and contrast in students' home language (L1) and English (L2).
  • Give familiar examples of things that are the same and things that are different, and label them as compare and contrast.
  • Intermediate: Provide sentence stems for students to use while they discuss how the graphic organizers are the same and different, such as: They are the same/different because...