Lesson Plan

Compare and Contrast Stories

Compare and Contrast the Theme, Setting, and Plot of Two Stories by the Same Author
Kelsey J.
Classroom teacher
Holly Hills Elementary School
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning
Objectives

Students will be able to compare and contrast the setting, plot, and theme of at least two stories through a verbal and/or written explanation in combination with a video of their own design.

 

Students will be able to identify the causes and effects of a specific event in a story using a multi-flow thinking map or another graphic organizer.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 2 - 4
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

Activate students’ background knowledge about identifying setting, plot, theme, and character traits by creating a circle thinking map, or another brainstorming graphic organizer, with the class as a whole. Introduce the concepts by name and ask them to think privately about what they already know. Students will then turn and talk with a partner about what they know and, in turn, share out with the class while you record their ideas on the circle map.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

After identifying and listing students’ background knowledge of the topics, I will teach a series of minilessons in which I explicitly teach students how to identify each part of a story.

The first minilesson will be to identify the setting and plot of a story. Create a tree thinking map, or another graphic organizer that categorized information, to categorize each of the parts of a story (setting, plot, characters, problem, solution) and think out loud as you read aloud a picture book to students, recording my thinking on the tree map.

Student Instructions

After the minilesson, students will choose a book at their reading level to read and create the same tree map from to identify setting, plot, characters, problem, and solution in their reading notebooks.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Reading

The second minilesson will practice doing this again on another book written by the same author.

Student Instructions

Students then choose another book by the same author as their first to create a new tree map in their reading notebooks.

4 Guided Practice

Activity: Reading

The third minilesson will be comparing and contrasting the two tree maps we have created to make a double bubble map or a Venn diagram. Explicitly model how to compare and contrast the details of each story in the map.

Student Instructions

Students will do the same and create a double bubble thinking map in their reading notebooks.

5 Fourth Minilesson

In the fourth minilesson, model how to create a video using Shadow Puppet Edu using a combination of pictures and audio recordings to present information.

Student Instructions

Students will do the same using iPads. 

 

6 Revise and Present

Model how to revise your work by thinking aloud as you go over the slides. 

Student Instructions

Students will then be able to edit and revise their videos with a partner.

 

Students will present their video presentations to the class.

7 Rubric

Activity: Assessing

Grade each of the presentations using a standardized rubric. 

 

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Student compared and contrasted the setting, characters, plot, problem, and solution of two stories by the same author.

The student identified the setting, characters, plot, problem, and solution of one story. 

The student chose two stories by the same author and compared and contrasted the setting, characters, plots, problems, and solutions, giving at least one example in most areas OR did not complete the video.

The student chose two stories by the same author and compared and contrasted the setting, characters, plots, problems, and solutions, giving at least one example in each area.

The student chose more than two stories by the same author and compared and contrasted the setting, characters, plots, problems, and solutions, giving at least one example in each area.

Student explained how the actions of characters in a story lead to a specific event.

The student explained how the actions of characters in one story lead to a specific event.

The student explained how the actions of characters in both stories lead to a specific event in each story on a multi-flow map but did not include this information in their comparison.

The student explained how the actions of characters in both stories lead to a specific event in each story and included this information in their comparison.

The student explained how the actions of characters in more than two stories lead to a specific event in each story and included this information in their comparison.

Student created a completed video to represent their thinking.

The student created a video to represent their thinking that included the identification of all story elements in one story.

The student created a video to represent their thinking that included the comparison of all story elements in each story.

The student created a video to represent their thinking that included the comparison of two stories in terms of all story elements and a comparison of the character actions leading to a specific event in each story.

The student created a video to represent their thinking that included the comparison of more than two stories in terms of all story elements and a detailed comparison of the character actions leading to a specific event in each story.