"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?": A Comparison in American Culture

This lesson analyzes how contemporary values and attitudes are reflected in literature.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
5.40
Analyze the major goals, struggles, and achievements of the Progressive Era, including attacking racial discrimination, child labor, big business, conservation, and...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.5
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.6
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.9
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
GLE 0501.6.3
Explore the organizational structures of informational texts.
GLE 0501.8.2
Experience various literary genres, including fiction and nonfiction, poetry, drama, chapter books, biography/autobiography, short stories, folk tales, myths,...
GLE 0601.5.2
Analyze text for fact-opinion, cause-effect, inferences, evidence, and conclusions.
GLE 0601.8.3
Recognize the conventions of various literary genres.
SPI 0501.5.2
Identify stated or implied cause and effect relationships in text.
SPI 0501.8.1
Identify setting, characters, plot, and theme.
SPI 0601.5.7
Make inferences and draw conclusions based on evidence in text.
TSS.ELA.4.RL.CS.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that refer to significant characters and situations found in...
TSS.ELA.5.RI.CS.6
Analyze the similarities and differences in points of view of multiple accounts of the same event or topic.
TSS.ELA.5.RI.IKI.9
Integrate information from two or more texts on the same topic in order to build content knowledge.
TSS.ELA.5.RI.KID.3
Explain the relationships and interactions among two or more individuals, events, and/or ideas in a text.
TSS.ELA.5.RL.CS.6
Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.
TSS.ELA.5.RL.IKI.9
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
TSS.ELA.5.RL.KID.3
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in a text.
TSS.ELA.6.RI.IKI.9
Compare and contrast two or more authors' presentation of the same topic or event.
TSS.ELA.6.RL.IKI.9
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
TSS.ELA.6.W.RBPK.9
Support interpretations, analyses, reflections, or research with evidence found in literature or informational texts, applying grade 6 standards for reading.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Students analyze an early 20th century version of the Three Little Pigs to determine how contemporary culture and values affect a story.

Essential and guiding questions: 

What does a book tell us about the people who wrote it and the people who read it?

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Applying
Extension suggestions: 
  • Give each group a copy of a contemporary version of The Three Little Pigs. Ask them to compare and contrast the values portrayed with those in L. Leslie Brooke’s version.
  • Show students The Children’s Object Book, published in the 1880s, available at http://read.gov/books/object-book.html. Discuss the changes in technology that have occurred in the past 130 years. Assign each student a page and challenge them to create a similar illustration for the objects of today.

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