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Comparing Texts

Common Core Standards addressed:

RL.2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales 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.
W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event
or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions,
thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and
provide a sense of closure.
Lesson Objectives/ I can statements:
1. I can compare 2 stories from different cultures with similar
messages (The Giving Tree to The Fishermans Wife)
2. I can create my own story with the same message as a piece of
literature we are reading.
Use of Technology:
1. Author study using the following website:
2. Animated version of The Fishermans Wife (Will use whichever
video we have enough time for)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo1HPucEycs 10 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A310NZlOYqA 8 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVp62w5v8F0 4 minutes
Lesson Sequence:
1. Review the giving tree, what was the message? (10 min)
The Moral or Lesson of the Tale. Ask what do you think is the moral or
lesson of this unforgettable story? Help them use evidence from the
book to support their answers. Also, explain that the storys lesson or
moral has continued to appeal to readers for 50 yearsa long, long
time. Assist them as they discuss why this might be so.
CCSS (Reading: Literature):RL.2.2.
2. Introduce the contrasting tale: The Fishermans Wife (20
Talk briefly about how there is another tale even older than the giving
tree. Many of our favorite fairy tales come from the same authors.

Learn more about the Brothers Grimm by reading the information on

the following website as a class:
Watch The Fishermans Wife Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo1HPucEycs 10 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A310NZlOYqA 8 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVp62w5v8F0 4 minutes
3. Contrast the Tales (15 min)
Begin with a small group discussion. Then, send the students back to
their seats to write 1 thing for each section of the Venn diagram with
their elbow partner on the post-it notes. Then, Sit back on the carpet in
a circle to discuss.
Discussion points:
In what ways are the characters the same, and in what way are they
How do the events, including the endings, compare and contrast?
Are the stories more similar than different or not? Why?
Both stories have similar messages
Both stories are retold over and over again.
CCSS (Reading: Literature): RL.2.9
3. Find the common message between the 2 stories and write
about it (relate to positive actions) (15 min)
A Story of Giving Happiness. In Shel Silversteins The Giving Tree, the
generous tree is happy when making the boy happy, though the tree is
most happy when the boy also is nearby. In The Brothers Grimm story
the fisherman is most happy with his life just as it was. Instruct
students to brainstorm about times in their lives when they were happy
because they made someone else happy. Encourage them to think not
only of the actions they took and the results of these actions, but also
of the sights, smells, sensations, tastes, and feelings connected to the
events. Discuss how this relates to positive action and our writing unit
(using details). Then aid each student to write A Story of Giving
Happiness, incorporating all the sensory details that will make their
stories vibrant. CCSS (Writing): W.2.3.

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