Activity Overview

Storyboarding is a great way to compare and contrast literary elements, characters, or events. Have your students choose an example of similarities and differences from their reading to depict using the storyboard creator. In the storyboard, an example of each similarity and/or difference should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it is similar or different.

In this example, the characters of Felix and Antonio are compared. Because they are the protagonists, it makes sense for students to understand where each boy is coming from and the things that keep their friendship solid. The things that make them different will help students understand more about each boy, and even make informed inferences on the outcome of the fight (as seen in another activity).

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting two characters from "Amigo Brothers".

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Select two characters to compare and contrast.
  3. Describe the things that are similar between the two characters in the middle cell description box.
  4. Describe the things that are unique to each character in the right and left cells.
  5. Illustrate each cell with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/9] Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Compare and Contrast
Create a storyboard that compares the similarities and differences between two things.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Comparison Analysis
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.

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