Lesson plan

These Stories Are (Almost) the Same

Stories can change a lot depending on the point of view they are told from. In this lesson, students explore point of view by comparing and contrasting two versions of "The Three Little Pigs."
Grade Subject View aligned standards
  • Students will be able to analyze point of view when comparing and contrasting two stories.
(5 minutes)
  • Act out a story that can be told from two different points of view. For example, have a student come up to the front of the class. Suddenly run over and start talking to the student about your favorite foods.
(5 minutes)
  • Retell what just happened from your point of view. For example, say, “I was thinking about my favorite foods and wanted to share them with someone. I was so excited!”
  • Now retell what just happened from the other person’s point of view. For example, say or have the student say, “I was just sitting here and suddenly my teacher came up and started shouting at me about foods.”
  • Discuss how these two retellings were different based on the point of view of the person telling the story. Tell students that we all have our own point of view. Stories that we read are also written from different points of view.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell students that they are going to compare and contrast two versions of "The Three Little Pigs." Explain that each version is written from a different point of view.
  • Read the two stories aloud to the class. As you read, have students listen for vocabulary words they don’t understand. As they hear tricky words, have students raise their hands. Answer questions about the words as needed.
  • Discuss how each story is similar and different, paying special attention to the points of view the stories are told from.
(30 minutes)
  • Have students complete the worksheet Story Elements: Compare & Contrast to further analyze how the two versions of "The Three Little Pigs" are similar and different.
  • Divide the students into groups of five. Have them work together to create a performance of one of the books. Students can play the following roles: the three little pigs, the mother pig, and the wolf.

Enrichment: Have students write a short script for their performances.

Support: Have students work with a partner to analyze the elements of each story.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they analyzed the two books.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share their performances to the class.

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