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Lesson Plan: Compare and Contrast- Roald Dahl

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To compare and contrast and identify similarities and differences in two Roald Dahl books

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.9- Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)




  • Have you ever read two books by the same author about the same characters?  What did you like about it?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • There are many authors who have written many books about the same character.  Many times, the stories that the character is in are similar.  They may have similar settings, similar plots or other characters that are the same.
  • A setting is where a story takes place.  The plot is the things that happen during a story.
  • Sometimes, when an author has written several books about the same character, the character’s story continues in the books. 
  • For example, books by Laura Ingalls Wilder were written about a family who lived in the late 1800’s.  The first book introduces us to the family and the girls, Laura and Mary.  The year during that book is 1871.  The next book takes place in 1873 and tells more about the family. 
  • Reading these books in order from the first to the last (there were 9) lets us learn all about the characters and read about them as they grow.
  • You are now going to read two paragraphs from two different Roald Dahl books.  While you are reading, I want you to think about things that are the same and things that are different about the characters and the setting.
  • After you have finished reading, there is a chart for you to fill in.  Write what you noticed about each thing listed in the two different stories.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers and where they came from.)


Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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