Comparing Parallel Stories using Number the Stars

Terrific free activity to use with Number the Stars

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Number the Stars Activity #1

Number the Stars is a phenomenal story of courage. This makes it a great book for students to use as a writing prompt.

In Number the Stars, Annemarie is going alone on a dangerous mission through the woods to take an important package to her uncle. The mission reminds Annemarie of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Annemarie tells herself Riding Hood’s story as she travels through the woods where German soldiers lurk as a way to remain calm. Author Lois Lowry does a beautiful job interweaving Annemarie’s and Riding Hood’s stories together.

In the first activity, students complete a chart to compare the parallel events taking place to Annemarie and Little Red Riding Hood.

Free Teaching Activity to use with Number the StarsThe Wizard of Oz Activity #2

After completing a chart of comparisons, students will try writing in this style using an excerpt from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the story of “The Engine that Could.”

A Free Google Digital Activity to use with Number the Stars

This link will take you to both activities.

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    • Sandy Cangelosi on September 8, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Thank you, Gay! What a great comparison. Sandy

    1. You’re welcome!

    • Julie on September 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    These comparison activities are so fun and will really get students THINKING. Thank you 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! I hope your students enjoy them.

    • Carla on September 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

    What a great collection of activities! Using these on a Smartboard to model would be perfect for modeling the skill. I love the text to text connections too.

    1. Thank you!

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