Activity Overview

In this activity students will compare and contrast characters within the text. In this example, Jess is compared to Leslie. The two characters are both caring and motivated people; however, their interests and desires for adventure are much different.

Example Character Compare and Contrast Response

Jess has many fears: he panics at the thought of scuba diving, and lays in bed worrying about jumping the creek. Leslie doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything.
Jess tries to avoid his family as much as possible, really only caring for his younger sister, May Belle. Leslie enjoys spending time with her dad, helping him fix up the house, and listening to his stories.
Jess doesn't have self-confidence; he thinks he is stupid and hides his drawing talents from people in fear that he will be made fun of. Leslie is well-read and bright; she also has quite the imagination and encourages creativity.

Template and Class Instructions

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

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/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


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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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