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Comparing Themes and Topics Across Cultures
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:
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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