Comparing Literature

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Our Comparing Literature lesson plan teaches students how to analyze texts in order to compare and contrast them. Students also learn how to use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast literature and organize information for a presentation. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

This lesson includes a very detailed, step-by-step lesson plan and outlines what parts of the lesson can be taught on which day. This can be found on the two Classroom Procedure pages.

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What our Comparing Literature lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Comparing Literature teaches students to develop and strengthen their analytical and critical thinking skills by analyzing two texts to compare and contrast them using Venn Diagrams. They will also learn to orally present information related to comparing literature. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the orange box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that the skills learned in this lesson are valuable for reading comprehension and for standardized test taking. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.

COMPARING LITERATURE LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES

The Comparing Literature lesson plan does not include any content pages. Rather, it provides a very detailed lesson plan, found on the two Classroom Procedure pages.

COMPARING LITERATURE LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS

The Comparing Literature lesson plan includes four worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, a homework assignment, and a quiz. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.

COMPARING LITERATURE ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

The activity worksheet asks students to read and compare two pieces of text. They will compare the texts by answering five questions about them. These questions ask if the pieces have similar themes, what else they have in common, what their key differences are, and more.

READ AND COMPARE PRACTICE WORKSHEET

For the practice worksheet, students will read and compare two pieces of literature: “The Hitchhiker” by Roald Dahl and “The Brahmin and the Three Crooks” from the ancient Indian text The Panchatantra. Students will read, analyze, and compare the texts. They will then answer six specific questions about the two pieces. The questions ask about similar ideas and themes, key differences, and more.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

The homework assignment asks students to compare and contrast two texts of their choice using a three dimensional Venn Diagram. They will include visual representations of the elements they include. They will present their Venn Diagram to the class, explaining the similarities and differences between the texts they chose. The worksheet includes some ideas for ways to build their three dimensional Venn Diagram, along with space to plan what they will include.

QUIZ

This lesson includes a quiz, which you can use to test students’ knowledge and understanding of the lesson material. For the quiz, they will first answer a few general questions about comparing and contrasting literature. Next, they will read two pieces of text and will answer questions about them to compare and contrast.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, the homework assignment, and the quiz. However, all of the answer keys note that students’ answers for each worksheet will vary. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information

grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Reading

State Educational Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.9

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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01/15/2022
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12/23/2019
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Great resource

I love the fact that this lesson included multiple passages that could be used to model, guide, and as independent work. A quiz is also included to check for understanding. One stop shop, I love it.

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