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Grade: Elementary

#708. "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf & The 3 Pigs

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Nov 19 09:11:12 PST 1998 by Renee K. Weinstein (nybrnrw@aol.com).
Saint Joseph's College, Hartford, CT
Materials Required: The two stories, a board to write on, and a writing utensil
Activity Time: 30-40 minutes
Concepts Taught: Using a Venn Diagram to Compare and Contrast Two Versions of a Story/Dev. Reading for Elem. Students

"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf & The Three Little Pigs"

Target Learner: First grade reading class


"Using a Venn Diagram to Compare and Contrast Two voices of a Story"

Knowledge: The students will have prior knowledge of the story the "The Three Little Pigs" and some of the students may know the sequel "The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf".

Attitude(s): The children may be curious as to what the sequel to "The Three Little Pigs" is about. Some of the children may be excited because they can recognize some of the words and read along.

Skill(s): When the children leave the classroom today they will be able to:
1.Identify the main characters in the two stories
2.Identify the plot of the two stories
3.Explain the climax and the endings of the two stories
4.Create a Venn Diagram

Materials Needed:
1.Two stories "The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf" By Jon Sciezka and "The Three Little Pigs" by James Marshall
2.Wipe board and erasable marker

Anticipatory Set:
1.Ask the students if they have a favorite story that they wish they could hear it told by a different character in the book.
2.Talk about their suggestions (2 min.)
3.Ask the students if they know the story of "The Three Little Pigs," then ask them if they could imagine the story told by the wolf.
4. Write some of their suggestions on the board (1.5 min.)
Content: Read the two stories (10 min.)
Method: 1.Invite students to read along with you.
2.Draw the two circles on the board
3.Wite "Pigs" at the top of one circle and "Wolf" on top of the other circle and write similarities in the middle of the two circles
4.Ask the students questions which pertain to similarities and differences in the two stories.
5.Explain what you are doing and how they can create their own Venn diagram (5 min.)

1.Remind students that they can look for similarities and differences in similar things.
2.Give a summary of the two stories that were read
3.Review the process of creating a Venn diagram by going back to their list of ideas and pointing to where they belong on the Venn diagram.

Have the student create a Venn diagram on their own by comparing themselves to the person next to them.

During the students next chapter review for another subject like science or social studies have the students create a Venn Diagram.


I developed this lesson because Venn Diagrams are useful graphic organizers for comparing, contrasting and showing the similarities of two items. This technique helps students see the information in a clear and orderly way. I selected the two versions of "The Three Little Pigs" to introduce this strategy because they are fun stories and the material fits nicely into a Venn Diagram.

Evaluation & Revisions: