Activity Overview

In this activity students will compare and contrast characters within the text. In this example, Claudia is compared to Jamie.

Claudia is a spender; she has a difficult time saving money and resisting nice things. Jamie is a saver; he would rather walk the distance to the museum then take a bus or worse, pay for a taxi.

Claudia is a planner; she plans out (almost) every detail of the runaway, including taking the train to New York City. Jamie is quick on his feet; when asked why he isn't in school, he instantly describes how his school was forced to cancel school because of a broken furnace.

Claudia wants to return home feeling different, like a heroine. Jamie simply likes running away for the adventure.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting two characters from the novel.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. In the right column, describe traits or characteristics of one of your chosen characters.
  3. In the left column, describe the corresponding traits or characteristics of your second character.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

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).


(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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