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Activity Overview


A fun way to get your students to connect with and understand the two main characters is to have them compare and contrast their qualities.

Students can use the text to find character traits and physical traits of Pandora and Seabold. Students can work individually or in pairs to research and compile a list of evidence. Once students have traits for each character, they can compare/contrast. Students will describe the traits they compiled about Seabold on one side and the traits they discovered of Pandora on the other. The traits that they both share will go in the middle.


Here is an example:

  • Pandora: lighthouse keeper
  • Man: sailor
  • Both: love the ocean
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

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/2/6] Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/3] Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting Seabold and Pandora.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. List the similarities between the characters in the description box in the middle.
  3. List the traits that make Pandora unique in the left cell.
  4. List the traits that make Seabold unique in the right cell.
  5. Create an illustration to go along with each cell, using appropriate characters, scenes, and items.


Rubric

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



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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