1Author’s Purpose: Entertain Comprehension Skill: Compare & Contrast Blame it on the WolfGenre: DramaAuthor’s Purpose: EntertainComprehension Skill: Compare & ContrastBy: Douglas LoveCompiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont
2Summary This play lets the wolf tell his side of the story. What really happened with the three little pigs? Did the wolf threaten them as some say? And did the wolf really go after Little Red Riding Hood's grandma? Could it be that the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood have misunderstood him? In this play, a jury hears testimony from the three pigs, Little Red, and others, and learns that there are always two sides to a story!.
3Genre - DramaA drama is a play that has a cast of characters. The author of a play is called a playwright. It is usually performed on a stage in a theater before an audience. It will have a setting. The dialogue tells what the actors say. A drama has stage directions that tell the actors how to interpret the speeches or move around the stage.
4Comprehension Skill: Compare and Contrast Compare is to tell how two things are alike.Contrast is to tell how two things are different.Use their comparisons to look for meaning and author’s purposeClue words such as like or as show comparisons.Clue words such as but, instead, and unlike show contrasts.
5Compare and Contrast “The Three Little Pigs” Pig’s VersionWolf’s VersionCharacters: Wolf, 3 pigsCharacters:Setting: brick houseSetting:How it starts: Wolf at door, yelling to come in.How it starts:What happens next:How it ends:
6Comprehension Skill Review: Theme The theme of a story is what the author wants us to learn from the story.It is the story’s “big idea”.Most stories do not tell what the “big idea” is.Readers need to find it themselves.A good way to find the theme is to ask: What does the author want me to learn from this story?
7Practice Theme There are always two sides to a story. Pigs don’t listen very well.Wolves are nice.Which sentence is the theme for Blame it on the Wolf?Why do you think this theme makes sense?
8Vocabulary Strategies – Unfamiliar Words When you read, you may come across a word you do not know.To figure out the meaning of the unfamiliar word, look for clues in the sentences or paragraph around it.A clue might be found in specific details or examples given near the unknown word.You can also use a dictionary to clarify word meanings.
9Research Skill – Evaluate Reference Sources pg. 383j There are many sources you can use to find information. You can use books, magazines, encyclopedias, videotapes, audiotapes, CD-ROMs, and even the Internet.When you evaluate references sources, you decide which sources are reliable and up-to-date, and which are most useful for your purposes.
10Types of Reference Materials EncyclopediasVideosNewspapersHow to BooksInternetDictionariesBiography Books
11Weekly Fluency Check - Read with Expression Model or review ways to read with expression, for example, reading play dialogue with attention to how the characters should speak.When reading a play with others, each reader should think about how their character might speak his or her lines.Dialogue should sound like conversation rather than words being read from a page.Each character should react to what the other characters are saying.
12Rhythm and CadenceRead aloud the bird’s dialogue on page 377, starting with “It’s falling! It’s falling!”This should sound like a poem because the words have rhythm and rhyme. They flow from one line to the next.Rhythm creates a beat, as in music, for the words. Fast rhythm can make the words sound light and happy. Slow rhythm can make it sad and serious.
13What is the setting of the first scene? Read to Find Out - PgWhat is the setting of the first scene?What is the wolf trying to do in this story?Who decides the wolf is innocent or guilty?How are the pigs’ and wolf’s stories different?
14What did the animals do that effected the outcome of the story? Read to Find Out – PgWhat did the animals do that effected the outcome of the story?Which character in the story is most different from the others?How are Auntie Pot Pie and Big Red related?What proves that the wolf is not guilty?What is a moral that can be learned from this story?
15Writing Assignment Choose one of the following and write as directed. Create a wanted poster for Wolf. Be sure to include a description of the criminal as well as the list of crimes and possible rewards for his capture.What happens to Auntie Pot Pie after Wolf’ trial? Is she charged with a crime? Write a story telling what happens to her after the trial is over.
16Good Stuff ABC Spelling words Compare Contrast Tips Compare and Contrast QuizzesGraphic OrganizersReader’s Theater ScriptsMore Reader’s TheaterSpelling ConcentrationWhat Really Happens in a Court of Law?Scholastic – WolvesReading TestSpelling Test
17Words to Knowcharactercourtroomguiltyevidencerescued
18More Words to Knowappallingdefendantverdictwitnesswolflike
19charactera person or animal in a book, play, film, story, or poem