Compare Contrast Themes & Topics Across Cultures Print or Digital Google Version

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Perfect for distance learning! This product is designed to be used as a teaching supplement for RL.4.9 – Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures. →This product could also be used to teach RL.3.9 & RL.5.9.

This resource includes a printable packet, digital Google Slides, and a TpT Digital Tool Activity.

⭐Looking for a Digital ONLY Version? Find it at the link below!

Digital Compare and Contrast Themes & Topics Across Cultures for Google Drive™

PRINTABLE VERSION:

Includes a total of 5 lessons and practice pages. In these lessons, students will be introduced to (or review) topic, pattern of events (plot), and theme.

  1. Comparing Themes & Topics Across Cultures (introduction)
  2. Compare & Contrast 2 Greek Myths
  3. Compare & Contrast 2 Fables
  4. Compare & Contrast 2 Folktales
  5. Compare & Contrast 2 Fairy Tales

Each lesson allows students to find similarities and differences between the topic, pattern of events, and theme.

Each lesson follows the same format:

  • Students read 2 traditional literature stories – Myths, Fables, Folktales, or Fairy Tales.
  • Students use a Venn-diagram to compare and contrast themes and topics found in the two stories.
  • Students answer questions related to topic, pattern of events, and theme.
  • Students compare the two stories using setting, character traits, and a conclusion while citing text evidence.

⭐Lesson #1: Introduction

Use the first 2 pages of this mini-unit to introduce topic, pattern of events, and theme. Allow students time to familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with these literacy skills.

⭐Lesson #2: Myths

Students compare & contrast:

  • Thor’s Mighty Hammer (a Greek mythical adaption)
  • Perseus & Medusa (a Greek mythical adaption)

⭐Lesson #3: Fables

Students compare & contrast:

  • A Fox & His Skin (a Chinese fable adaptation)
  • The Wolf & the Goat (a Greek fable adaptation)

⭐Lesson #4: Folktales

Students compare & contrast:

  • Anansi the Spider (an African folktale adaptation)
  • Coyote & the Hen (a Native American folktale adaptation)

⭐Lesson #5: Fairy Tales

Students compare & contrast:

  • Sootface (an Ojibwa fairy tale adaptation)
  • Yeh-Shen (a Chinese fairy tale adaptation)

 

Note: These lessons can be done whole-group, literature circles, or with a partner.

Suggestion: Do the first two lessons together, in literature circles, or with a partner. Check for understanding. Use the last two lessons as assessments.

Answer keys are included for ALL PAGES.

 

DIGITAL VERSION:

The digital resource includes a total of 5 individual lessons on comparing and contrasting themes and topics across cultures. In these lessons, students will be introduced to (or review) topic, pattern of events (plot), and theme.

Created in Google Slides™

Compatible with Google Classroom™ and Google Drive™

Each lesson follows the same format:

  • Students read 2 traditional literature stories – Myths, Fables, Folktales, or Fairy Tales.
  • Students use a Venn-diagram to compare and contrast themes and topics found in the two stories.
  • Students answer questions related to topic, pattern of events, and theme.
  • Students compare the two stories using setting, character traits, and they write a conclusion while citing text evidence.

⭐Lesson #1: Introduction

Introduces students to topic, pattern of events, theme, and culture

⭐Lesson #2: Myths

Students compare & contrast:

  • Thor’s Mighty Hammer (a Greek mythical adaption)
  • Perseus & Medusa (a Greek mythical adaption)

⭐Lesson #3: Fables

Students compare & contrast:

  • A Fox & His Skin (a Chinese fable adaptation)
  • The Wolf & the Goat (a Greek fable adaptation)

⭐Lesson #4: Folktales

Students compare & contrast:

  • Anansi the Spider (an African folktale adaptation)
  • Coyote & the Hen (a Native American folktale adaptation)

⭐Lesson #5: Fairy Tales

Students compare & contrast:

  • Sootface (an Ojibwa fairy tale adaptation)
  • Yeh-Shen (a Chinese fairy tale adaptation)

Answer Keys Included!

*Note: The mythical stories and the fables (excluding trickster tales) included in this download are also used in McGraw Hill CCSS Literacy Handbook. All stories have been rewritten with many details added. All comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and comparison activities are my original ideas.

 

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