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Lesson Plans
Same Story, Different Cultures
1st–2nd Grade
Objectives

CCSS Reading: Literature
  • RL.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • RL.2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folk tales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • RL.2.9: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
Materials Needed


Preparation

Print a copy of “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Heron and the Hummingbird” and the Comparing Stories reproducible for each student.



Introduction

Tell students that you are going to read two different stories and then compare them to find similarities and differences. Ask students to pay special attention to the characters, the plot and the lesson that each story teaches.



Procedure

  1. Read aloud both Cinderella stories.
  2. Ask, “What do you notice about these two stories that is alike?”
  3. Write student responses on a whiteboard or chart paper. (Guide students in identifying similarities, such as in theme or plot elements.)
  4. Ask, “What do you notice about these two stories that is different?”
  5. Write student responses on a whiteboard or chart paper. (Guide students in identifying differences, such as in characters or plot details.)


Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the Comparing Stories reproducible, a copy of “The Tortoise and the Hare” and a copy of “The Heron and the Hummingbird.”
  2. Have students write the title of one story on the left side of the reproducible and the title of the other on the right side.
  3. Help students identify one or two elements from the stories (e.g., characters, plot, setting, moral) that are the same or similar to one another and write them in the center of the reproducible.
  4. Encourage students to identify one or two elements from each story that are different from the other and write those beneath each title on the left and right sides of the reproducible.


Extension Activity

Continue to use the Comparing Stories reproducible with other stories throughout the year.


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