Lesson Plan

You Compare Them! Fiction in Sub-Genre

Comparing and contrasting fiction sub-genres encourages young learners to recognize more intricate details in texts. Use this lesson plan to teach your students to compare and contrast traits within a sub-genre.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare and contrast stories within a fiction sub-genre.


(10 minutes)
Compare and Contrast Texts: Same Sub-GenreComparing Texts: Separate Traits of a Sub-GenreSub-Genre Specific Traits Across Texts
  • Ask two student volunteers to act out a conversation where they both discuss how they feel they were wronged in a specific incident (i.e. shortchanged, minor car accident, or ignored in line by a clerk).
  • Allow the pair two minutes to prepare for their presentation. While they’re away, tell your class they are about to witness a personal narrative in the drama sub-genre.
  • Explain to students that the scenario they will see is a type of storytelling with a particular trait of interpersonal conflict. Ask your students to be on the lookout for expressions of conflict, shared perspectives, and differences in perspective.
  • Call the actors in, and watch the performance until it’s clear what the conflict is about and how each person has a clearly different view of the situation.
  • Start the review process by asking your class the the following questions:
    • What's the genre (fiction)?
    • What's the sub-genre (drama)?
    • What triat or characteristic from the sub-genre will you witness (interpersonal conflict)?
    • What do you need to focus on while you watch the performance (similar and different expressions of conflict)?
  • Share out details of student observations after the performance.
  • Tell your students they are going to learn to compare and contrast fiction texts in a common sub-genre, through features specific to the sub-genre.