Learn how to compare a work of literature with its source, like comparing Rick Riordan’sThe Lightning Thief with the Greek myths on which he based the stories.

This video will demonstrate this skill in action by showing a step-by-step analysis of the well-known baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, and a parody of it by Garrison Keillor, best known as the former host of A Prairie Home Companion, on NPR.


This corresponds to the Common Core 9th grade ELA reading standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.9 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: “Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).”

But for folks who don’t like the Common Core, don’t worry, comparing/contrasting is a valuable life skill that long predates the CC. The only thing that is particular to the CC is what is being compared.

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