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Activity Overview

Many stories are told in different adaptations, with different points of view and in different ways across the globe. It is a great way to examine what is important in a particular culture, or how stories change and adapt as they are spread throughout the world and over time. One example is the original fairy tale Cinderella, which has been retold many times. This activity is wonderful for students to use when reading different adaptations of the same story or while comparing the movie version to a book, like with Holes or The Watsons Go to Birmingham. In this activity, students will complete the chart provided as a template, filling in each row and column with the texts they are comparing.

To scaffold or tailor this assignment, teachers may change the categories for comparison, or leave them blank for students to decide what to compare. They might also fill in text or art and have students fill in the blanks. Be sure to update the student instructions as necessary!

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Complete a comparison chart for the stories.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Include 2-3 sentences in each description box for each category you are comparing.
  3. Create images that represent each description using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

  4. Lesson Plan Reference

    Grade Level --- N/A ---

    Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

    Type of Assignment Individual

    Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

    Common Core Standards
    • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/9] Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics
    • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/9] Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history


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

Compare and Contrast Texts/Renditions
Create a storyboard that compares the text with one or more texts, versions, or history.
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 of the story elements.
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.
Textual Explanation
The text clearly and accurately describes all the scenes and concepts depicted.
The text clearly and accurately describes most of the scenes and concepts depicted.
The text fails to describe most of the scenes clearly and accurately.
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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