Lupine Lady and Johnny Appleseed: A Comparison

Lupine Lady and Johnny Appleseed: A Comparison

by Lynn O 'Malley

What do Johnny Appleseed and Miss Rumphius have in common? Compare the story of the Lupine Lady with a favorite American folk tale.

Title of Lesson:

Johnny Appleseed & Miss Rumphius

Lesson Topic:

American Folktales

Grade/Proficiency Level:

Grade 3-6 Intermediate ESL

Content Objectives

1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements of folktales through class discussions.

2. Students will analyze American folktales through the use of skills listed in the reading objectives.

Language Learning Objectives

1. Reading: The student will learn to use various skills, such as comparing & contrasting to improve and demonstrate reading comprehension.

2. Writing: The student will learn to use writing skills & strategies, such as graphic organizers.


1. Class set of Miss Rumphius

2. Large Venn diagram for each pair

3. The Johnny Appleseed Venn diagram created by the class in the previous lesson.

4. Magic Markers


Community, lupine, stoop, wharves, masts

Instructional Sequence:

1. Review elements of folktales together.

2. The Johnny Appleseed folktale was read earlier in the year, so a quick review of the vocabulary should be done.

3. Read, “Miss Rumphius” to the class, as they read along.

4. On chart paper, make a list together describing the Lupine Lady.

5. Hand out a large Venn diagram to each pair, which is labeled, “Miss Rumphius” and “Johnny Appleseed.”

6. The students may refer to the Johnny Appleseed Venn Diagram already displayed.

7. Each pair will compare and contrast the Lupine Lady and Johnny Appleseed.

8. Each pair will share their diagram with the class, giving an example each, how Miss Rumphius and Johnny Appleseed are alike and how they are different.

9. Each pair will “prove” the information in their diagram with examples read from the books.

10. A class diagram comparing the two characters may be hung up for display.

TESOL Goals and Standards

ELP Standards:

Standard 1: English language learners communicate in English for Social and Instructional purposes within the school setting.

Standard 2: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Language Arts.

Related Links

Johnny Appleseed, an American Folk Hero
Teach your ELLs about American Folktales through a unit on Johnny Appleseed. This is a perfect accompaniment to a thematic unit on Apples or on other Fall topics.

About the Author

Lynn O'Malley is a 3rd grade teacher at Edgewood Highland Elementary School in Cranston, Rhode Island. She is a graduate student in the TESL program at Rhode Island College.