Comparing and Contrasting Fiction Stories


Comparing and contrasting fiction stories is one of my favorite ELA literature skills to teach! There are so many fun books you can use and I love using thinking maps to help the kids with their comparisons. In this post, I’ll share with you some fun book pairings and also how I use thinking maps to help students compare.

Book Suggestions:

I love using Fairy tale books for this standard! There are so many different versions of each fairy tale that you’ll have tons of options to choose from. Below you’ll find a few of my favorites!

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Seriously Cinderella is SO Annoying

Cinder Edna


Cindy Ellen

The Egyptian Cinderella

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk Book Versions

Jack and the Beanstalk

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk

Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks!

Waynetta and the Cornstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries

Jack’s Giant Problem

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and Just the One Bear

Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten

Petite Rouge

Lon Po Po

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

Little Red’s Riding’Hood

The 3 Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

No Lie, Pigs  (And Their Houses) Can Fly

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The Three Little Javelinas

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Tell The Truth B.B. Wolf

Double Bubble Map:

Thinking Maps are one of my favorite ways for students to organize and display their ideas!  I have been trained on this at a past school and used them with my classes ever since! I love that they are easy-to-use and a great way to organize kids thoughts.

For comparing and contrasting fiction stories I like to use the Double Bubble Map. This is very similar to a Venn diagram. For the double bubble map, you put the two books on different sides and on the outside of those you add things from the story that are different about the books. Then, in the middle you put the things that are the same.  Again very similar to a Venn diagram so you could use either.

See below to check out a Double Bubble Map I created with a first grade class comparing and contrasting – No Lie, Pigs Can Fly and The 3 Little Pigs.

ELA Standards:

These book ideas work very well to cover RL2.9 – Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures. Some of the picture books also work well for RL2.6 – Acknowledge the differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

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