Read several versions of the gingerbread man, boy or baby (the ones that I prefer are pictured below) and compare and contrast them. The story lines vary by author. As a brief summary:
The first book pictured below, The Gingerbread Man, is the classic. The second one is The Gingerbread Boy running through New York City (more of a modern version). The gingerbread baby finally gets captured by a little boy Mattie and put into a gingerbread house to live, in the Gingerbread Baby. Last, the gingerbread baby decides that the house that Mattie made him was very lonely and decides to go on a search for a friend, only to find that home is the best and safest place to be, in Gingerbread Friends.
Explain that the gingerbread man is a folktale. A folktale is a story that has been told from generation to generation, usually by word of mouth.
Create a basic story map using pictures to depict the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Explain that the story map helps a reader to explore how the story was put together. It is called a graphic organizer. Show other graphic organizers that you have used with the class (Venn Diagrams, KWL Charts, T-Charts).