Four mini lessons are included: 1) Introduction (or review) topic, pattern of events (plot), and theme 2) Compare & Contrast 2 Greek Myths 3) Compare & Contrast 2 Fables 4) Compare & Contrast 2 Trickster Folktales
In each lesson, students are required to find similarities and differences between the topic,pattern of events, and theme.
Ways to use these lessons:
Introduction: Use the first 2 pages of this mini-unit to introduce topic, pattern of events, and theme. Allow students time to re-familiarize themselves with these literature skills.
Each lesson follows the same format. -Students read 2 traditional literature stories - Myths, Fables, or Folktales. -Students use a Venn-diagram to compare and contrast themes and topics found in the two stories. -Students answer 5 questions related to topic, pattern of events, and theme. -Students compare the two stories using setting, character traits, and conclusion while citing text evidence.
Lesson #1: Myths Thor’s Might Hammer (a Greek mythical adaption) Perseus & Medusa (a Greek mythical adaption)
Lesson #2: Fables A Fox & His Skin (a Chinese fable adaptation) The Wolf & the Goat (a Greek fable adaptation)
Lesson #3: Folktales Anansi the Spider (an African folktale adaptation) Coyote & the Hen (a Native American folktale adaptation)
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