We are comparing and contrasting a poem and a work of prose today. First, we did a warm-up with point-of-view:
Students were given a paper copy (I do not have an electronic copy) of two works. On the left side was the poem The Spider, by Jane Taylor (1883). The other one was an African folktale featuring Anansi the Spider: Why Anansi Has Eight Thin Legs. The first task was to compare and contrast both.....what did they have unique to each piece? What did they have in common? We used a Venn Diagram to express the comparison and contrast in a visual manner.
The students then worked together to answer the four questions pertaining to the Anansi story. Below are both texts side-by-side: