Directions for Day Two
Begin the lesson by reviewing comparing and contrasting. Explain that today they will not be comparing and contrasting two stories, but three! Tell them they will be using a special Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts three items at a time.
Introduce this new way of organizing their comparisons and contrasts by drawing a large 3-part Venn Diagram on the board. This is three large interlocking circles. The large unlocked section of the circles will each be labeled with a different story. These sections will be where the fairy tales'' diferences will be written. The parts where just two circles interlock will hold things that are similar in those two stories but not the third. Finally, the very middle section where all three circles interlock will hold similarities between all three stories.
You will briefly explain the way the Venn Diagram works to the students. Then, read Cinderella by Charles Perrault, Loek Koopmans, and Anthea Bell. Quickly review the important story elements and label one of the circles with the book title. Next, repeat the process with Cinder-Elly by Frances Minters and Cinderella Penguin, or The Little Glass Flipper by Janet Perlman.
Start in the middle by asking the students what was the same in all three versions. Explain to the students as you write in the answers, that they only need to write phrases, not full sentences. When the students have listed all the similarities, work on the other sections of the diagram. A suggested order for addressing these sections is:
- Similarities of all fairy tales
- Similarities between fairy tales 1 and 2
- Similarities between fairy tales 2 and 3
- Similarities between fairy tales 1 and 3
- Differences between each fairy tale
The students should also note that anything similar about two of these should mean they have a difference for the third.
This will conclude your lesson plan for this day. Tomorrow the students will complete a Venn Diagram on their own.