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Activity Overview


Amos and Boris does not have many characters in the story. A fun way to get your students to connect with and understand the two main characters is to have them compare and contrast their qualities. William Steig focuses a lot on how different the giant whale and the tiny mouse are physically but how their personalities are similar.

Students can use the text to find character traits and physical traits of Boris and Amos. Students can work individually or in pairs to research and compile a list of evidence. Once students have traits for each character, they can compare/contrast. Students will describe the traits they compiled about Amos on one side and the traits they discovered of Boris on the other. The traits that they both share will go in the middle. Using the T-Chart layout, students can create their version of a Venn Diagram!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/6] Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/3] Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that compares and contrasts Amos and Boris.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. List what Amos and Boris have in common in the middle cell.
  3. List what traits are unique to each Amos and Boris in the cells on either side.
  4. Illustrate the characters in the cell.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

(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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