⭐️These 14 printable and digital certified Lexile measured folktales with standard-based questions are perfect for teaching, developing, or reinforcing 2nd-grade compare & contrast literature skills. Aligned with CCSS RL2.9, students learn to compare and contrast two versions of the same story. The folktales are presented in 7 pairs, each pair containing 2 similar stories from different cultures.
⭐️If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for teaching 2nd-grade compare and contrast literature skills. Aligns with state-specific standards like TEKS and VA SOL.
⭐️Includes standard based questions, anchor charts, and two compare & contrast literature skill-focused test passages. Certified Lexile measured close reading comprehension texts are varied within the second-grade band.
⭐️The printable PDF and digital versions are both included with this product for classroom and distance learning needs. The digital version is compatible with Google Drive and Google Slides and can be downloaded from Google Slides into PowerPoint.
*This digital version saves paper, but still requires teachers to correct student responses.
✏️Lexile Levels – Each passage contains a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 2nd grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for second and third grade is 420L-820L).
✏️Integrated Color Coding – The color-coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.
✏️Comprehensive – Passages are perfect for comprehensive standards-based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.
✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of skill-based essay and multiple-choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.
✏️Highly Engaging – Contains adapted folktales with custom illustrations to engage students of all levels and interests.
★ Mrs. Repp said, “I used this resource during a lesson where I was being observed, and my administrator loved it! ”
★ Reyna M. said, “This was a great resource for students to look critically at 2 versions of stories. This is perfect for students to learn to appreciate other versions of stories.”
★ Stephanie C. said, “My students love this resource! It’s so easy to print and use. Love the color-coding text evidence. I would recommend other resources by this seller. They are such good quality resources to work with.”
1. Compare & Contrast Literature Anchor Chart / Journal Page
2. Practice Passages & Question Sets on Compare & Contrast
- Little Red Riding Hood (480L) / The Wolf and the Seven Kids (530L)
- Boy-man (580L) / The Mouse and the Sun (530L)
- Hansel and Gretel (610L) / The Baba Yaga (600L)
- The Lambkin (540L) / The Story of the Three Little Pigs (540L)
- Cinderella (550L) / Tattercoats (600)
- The Merry Wives (660L) / The Emperor’s New Clothes (630L)
3. Test Passages and Questions on Compare & Contrast
- Snowdrop (520L) / Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree (560L)
*Please note: These stories are adapted from traditional folktales. Some stories have villains and grim topics such as death and revenge (ex. the witch in Hansel and Gretel tries to kill the children). While the language and events have been modified for appropriateness, it is still important to preview all stories to ensure you are comfortable with the topics.
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This resource is available in a Skill Pack Bundle that contains six different resources focused on this specific reading skill – including lesson plans, digital mini-lessons, guided readers, task cards, and Boom Cards.
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