1) In a whole group setting, the teacher will introduce the lesson's objectives. Explain to students to goal of the lesson and that by the end they should be able to identify who is telling a story at various times in a text.
2) Review as a whole group the definition of characters and narrator. Remind students that characters can be people or animals the story is about. The narrator is the person telling the story, sometimes a character, usually the author.
3) Review the elements of a short story by playing the Story Elements video. Ask general questions after the video to decide if more review of short story elements is necessary before proceeding.
4) Explain to students that they will be identifying the story elements of two different stories. Their goal is to recognize who is telling the story in "The Three Little Pigs" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs".
5) Either read aloud these two stories or play the stories from Youtube.com. Begin with "The Three Little Pigs" then "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs".
6) Ask the following questions after each story:
- Who were the characters in the story?
- Who was telling the story? Is that a character or narrator?
- Where did the story take place?
- What was the problem?
- What was the solution?
7) After the whole group discussion on each story, show the students the blank story map on the interactive white board. Discuss each section in the story map. First, complete "The Three Little Pigs" story map on the board using as a whole group.
8) Use another blank story map for "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs". Have individual students write answers on the board. Call on various students to describe the key details in the text.
9) Showing both story maps side by side, tell the students they will be using a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two stories. Recall previous learning by reviewing the uses of a Venn diagram.
10) Model how to title the Venn Diagram on the interactive white board. Split students into their small groups. Each group will work together to have 5 items in each section of the Venn Diagram. Monitor groups by walking around and observing.
11) Using their small group's Venn Diagram, students will share answers with whole group. Teacher records answers on large Venn diagram on the interactive white board.
12) Check for understanding by asking students if they can now identify who is telling a story. Ask students the difference between characters and narrator.
13) Using the Venn diagram of "The Three Little Pigs" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs", students should independently decide which version of the story is most believable.
14) Teacher will keep track of students' beliefs using a T-chart and tally marks on the whiteboard. Which character do students believe most? The pigs or the wolf.
15) Once all students have shared their opinions, the teacher will pass out 1 iPad per group of students (5 total).
16) The groups will open Create A Graph and use the compiled tally marks to create a bar graph using the information. Students will collaborate to create a title, enter the class opinions, and save the bar graph. (http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx?ID=69b617e88ec54b0680841c2a8709cc50)
17) Students should be able to easily compare the class opinion on which narrator was most believable, the wolf or the pigs, by viewing the group created bar graph.
18) Lead the bar graph comparison into the daily math lesson.