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Mythology in the Middle

Lisa Ove Gibson
Beacon Learning Center (Bay District Schools)


Students read two narrative reading selections and based on the reading, compare and contrast a character from each. After compiling the information about these characters, students record their findings in a T-chart and a Venn diagram. Also students show that they can correctly separate compiled information after re-organizing a scrambled Venn diagram. The teacher-created Venn diagram is a false model that students must correct after reading two narrative selections. This provides the teacher with two products for the summative assessment and allows for triangulation in the instruction. The prerequisite for this mini-unit is students should understand character traits of characters in a narrative reading selection. Although most of the examples in this mini unit use mythology, the structure allows for any content area that the teacher selects.


The planned duration of this activity is 5 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment 1 (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment 2 (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

When Old Meets New
Using a T-chart, students synthesize and separate collected information. Students define comparison and contrast in literature for diagnostic assessment.

Are They the Same or Different?
Using a graphic organizer, students synthesize and separate collected information.

A Graphic Scene
Using collected information, students compare and contrast characters from various texts within a Venn Diagram.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Students compare and contrast characters from various texts and compile the collected information into several graphic organizers.
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