Did You Know?

Stories have many of the
same story elements.


Story elements help us to compare and contrast different stories. Let's look at the parts of a story.

Character Setting Problem Solution
The character is a person, animal or thing the story is about. The character usually has a problem. The setting tells you the WHEN and WHERE of a story. The problem usually involves the character and something he wants and can't get. The solution is how the character solves the problem.

Let's take a look!
1.Click here to print a Comparison Chart!

2. Carefully read each story. As you read, look for story elements. Use the chart, to record the story elements.

The Dove and The Ant

by Aesop

An Ant was speeding along on its three pair of legs when suddenly, it stopped.
"Iím thirsty," the Ant said aloud.
"Why donít you get a drink of water from the brook?" cooed a
Dove perched in a nearby tree. "The brook is close by. Just be careful you donít fall in."
The Ant sped to the brook and began to drink.
A sudden wind blew the Ant into the water.
"Help!" the Ant cried, "Iím drowning!"
The Dove knew it had to act quickly to save the Ant. With its beak, the Dove broke a twig from the tree. Then, the Dove flew over the brook with the twig and dropped it to the Ant. 
The Ant climbed onto the twig and floated ashore. Not long afterward, the Ant saw a Hunter. He was setting a trap to catch the Dove. The Dove began to fly toward the trap. The Ant knew it had to act quickly to save the Dove. The Ant opened its strong jaws and bit the bare ankle of the Hunter.
"Ouch!" the Hunter cried.
The Dove heard the Hunter and flew away.



The Lion and the Mouse

by Aesop

A small mouse crept up to a sleeping lion. The mouse admired the lion's ears, his long whiskers and his great mane. "Since he's sleeping," thought the mouse, "he'll never suspect I'm here!"
With that, the little mouse climbed up onto the lion's tail, ran across its back, slid down its leg and jumped off of its paw. The lion awoke and quickly caught the mouse between its claws.
"Please," said the mouse, "let me go and I'll come back and help you someday."
The lion laughed, "You are so small! How could ever help me?" The lion laughed so hard he had to hold his belly! The mouse jumped to freedom and ran until she was far, far away.
The next day, two hunters came to the jungle. They went to the lion's lair. They set a huge rope snare. When the lion came home that night, he stepped into the trap.
He roared! He wept! But he couldn't pull himself free. The mouse heard the lion's pitiful roar and came back to help him.
The mouse eyed the trap and noticed the one thick rope that held it together. She began nibbling and nibbling until the rope broke. The lion was able to shake off the other ropes that held him tight. He stood up free again!
The lion turned to the mouse and said, "Dear friend, I was foolish to ridicule you for being small. You helped me by saving my life after all!"

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