demonstrates thinking skills using artistic processes.
communicates through The Arts.
The student understands the
meaning of what is read.
The student writes in a
variety of forms for different audiences
students will be able to compare and contrast elements in stories.
At least two
versions of the same myth, story, fairy tale, etc.
Since students will be in small groups, two or three
different stories can be used though there must be at least two
versions of each story.
props such as scarves, instruments, etc.
Break up the class into small groups of 4-6.
Give each group a different version of the same myth,
story, etc. Try to limit it to no more than three different
versions though two is best for younger students.
Give groups time to read then plan and rehearse their
interpretation of the selection given.
Have each group act out their version of the story, using any
props available in the classroom.
Give students a limited amount of time.
This should take no more than two class periods.
After both groups have performed, and as a class, do a large class
Venn diagram comparing the different versions, noting such things
as characters, setting, action, etc.
Students can then write about the comparisons and contrasts using
the information from the Venn diagram and adding any of their own.
have to use myths, etc. if you can find similar stories, character
studies, or author studies, which is more of a challenge for
higher level readers.
visual aspect Venn diagram as a means of helping students organize
is another way of bringing the arts into the curriculum.
This graphic organizer is also very helpful for English
Language Learners and reinforces any vocabulary related to the