I begin the lesson by asking my students to brainstorm a list of fairy tales with me. They list Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and others. I, then, explain to them that a fairy tale is a story that has magical characters and situations. Fairy tales usually have a happy ending. I ask them if they have heard of the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs. All of them have. I tell them that today we will read the original story of The Three Little Pigs and then read another version of the story from the Wolf's perspective called The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. I explain to them that our focus skill is point of view or perspective. I remind them that your perspective is simply how you view something. I ask them to list some things that can influence or limit your perspective. They list things such as your family, where you live, your job, your generation, how much money you have, your education, etc.
Next, we read aloud the original story of The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs online on the SmartBoard. I tell my students to listen closely to both stories because after we read both of them, we will complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two stories. I explain to them that to compare is to look for similarities, to contrast is to look for differences. I tell them to pay close attention to listen for similarities and differences in the two stories' characters, setting, plot, and lessons learned. I remind them that the original story is told from the perspective of a 3rd party narrator. The other version is told from the perspective of the wolf. They should listen for different details according to the two perspectives.
Click here to read the online story of The Three Little Pigs.
Click here to read the online True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.
Next, I have students to work with a partner to complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the story of The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. My students love to use the Venn diagram because many of them are visual and kinesthetic learners. Not only does the Venn diagram allow them to easily see the comparison and contrasting of the two narratives, but writing helps my kinesthetic learners to retain the information, as well.
We come back together as a whole group and complete a Venn diagram as a whole class which compares and contrasts the original story of the Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (see the attached copy of the interactive Venn diagram that we completed on readwritethink.com.)