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Activity Overview


There are two settings in the story. New York, where most the events of the story take place (Times Square and Chinatown), and Connecticut, where Chester is from.

In this activity, students will use information from the text to compare and contrast the two settings.

Here is an example:

  • New York: "The sight was too terrible and beautiful for a cricket who up to now had measured high things by the height of his willow tree and sounds by the burble of a running brook."
  • Connecticut: "I lived inside an old tree stump, next to a willow tree, and I often go up to the roof to look around. On the other side of the stump from the willow tree there's a brook that runs past."
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/7] Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/7] Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting the settings in the story.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. In the left column, identify the two settings.
  3. Describe the settings using quotes from the book.
  4. In the left column, illustrate the settings with appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

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Compare and Contrast
Create a storyboard that finds the similarities and differences between two things.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Similarities
Student identifies and explains many of the similarities between the two.
Student identifies and explains some of the similarities between the two.
Student identifies and explains few of the similarities between the two.
Differences
Student identifies and explains many of the differences between the two.
Student identifies and explains some of the differences between the two.
Student identifies and explains few of the differences between the two.
Images
Images are clear and creative.
Most images are easy to understand, but at least two images do not fit.
Images are not easy to understand.
Spelling and Grammar
Student makes few errors.
Student makes two or three errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.




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