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Activity Overview

In order to demonstrate an understanding of comparing and contrasting characters, students should choose two characters and identify their similarities and differences using a T-Chart.

In this example, Karana is being compared to her tribe. Karana cares about animals and people; she jumps off a ship when she realizes her brother has been left behind. The tribe is not caring; they do not care who is left behind. Karana and her tribe are similar in how they break tradition. In order to survive, Karana must break tribal tradition, which says women cannot make weapons. The tribe also was forced to break tradition; at a time of great loss, the tribe gives women tasks usually designated for men.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that compares and contrasts characters in Island of the Blue Dolphins.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Select two characters or groups to compare.
  3. In the left cell, describe actions and traits of one character.
  4. In the right cell, describe what is similar or different for the other character.
  5. Create an image for an example that illustrates these characteristics.

Lesson Plan Reference

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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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