During 2nd quarter, one of our big ideas during Reader’s Workshop was comparing various versions of the same text. An easy one–as well as a favorite–was I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. We found 3 versions initially and read them (and then found a couple more!), creating a chart to represent all the parts of the story.
After we had read our stories, we dug in to start comparing and contrasting the stories. We talked about how to do this in an organized way, and so kiddos were introduced to the Venn Diagram. Well, reintroduced to the idea, but the name and the was new. We had a 1st draft that ended up too messy to use, but it worked for us to understand how the diagram worked.
Once we knew how to put the pieces together, kiddos worked in pairs to write the parts that were the same and different. Again, what we had learned during many interactive writing lessons lately paid off!
Of which stories have you read different versions? Share some suggestions with us! 🙂