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What Is the True Story of The Three Little Pigs?

Jolie Ducey


This lesson is designed to assist students in recognizing how things are similar and different by comparing two stories. The students will use story details to make both parallels and distinctions between events that occur in both stories.


The student extends the expectations of the fourth grade with increasingly complex reading selections, assignments and tasks (for example, textual organization, comparison and contrast).


- THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS.Jon Scieszka. Puffin. ISBN 0140544518
- THE THREE LITTLE JAVALINAS. By Susan Lowell. Rising Moon ISBN873585429
- Board for the large Venn Diagram (or use graphic organizer software such as Inspiration)
- Copies of the Story Comparison Sheet (see associated file)
- Copies of the rubric (see associated file)
- Pencils


1. Gather materials for the lesson.
2. Read both literature selections in preparation for read alouds.
3. Prepare Venn diagram chart (or online form).
4. Make copies of the Story Comparison sheet and the Rubric for each group.


1. Before the read-aloud of each book, ask the students prediction questions based on titles, book covers. This will help the students to activate their prior knowledge of the stories. Then allow the students to experience guided reading activity of both books. Asking questions during and after reading to confirm or alter predictions will help to enhance interest and comprehension.

2. After the guided reading of both stories, form small groups of students to brainstorm all of the ways that the stories are similar or different. This activity should last about five to seven minutes.

3. Provide each group with a copy of the Story Comparison sheet. Explain to the students that each group will fill out the sheet by listing the characters, setting, events, and ending of each story. This activity will help the students to gather the information from both stories and place them in order. The Story Comparison sheet will be helpful for the students to use when filling in the Venn diagram. As the students work in small groups, the draw the Venn diagram on the broad without the headings. Or, if appropriate computer software program is available, project Venn diagram on large screen.

4. Next, explain the Venn diagram to the students. Decide what the headings will be for each circle. As a whole class activity, the students will take turns incorporating their similarities and differences of the two stories into the Venn diagram. Allow the students to come up and write their information in the correct spot on the Venn diagram if using board.

5. After the Venn diagram is completed, the class will discuss the important ways in which the two stories are similar and different. Discuss how comparing and contrasting helps the students to understand the stories.


Use the completed story comparison sheets as a formative tool to assess the studentsí ability to select important information from both stories and place the information correctly within a Venn diagram. The rubric in the attached file will be used to assess the studentsí ability to accurately select all major similarities and differences for each story.


- Have the students compare and contrast other pairs of retellings of the same story.
- Have the students create a Venn diagram on their own by comparing themselves to the person next to them.
- Have the class separate into two groups and have each group role play one of the stories.
- The students can be challenged to create and role-play their own version of the Three Little Pigs.
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