Activity Overview

A compare and contrast worksheet helps students analyze the differences/similarities of two separate ideas, people, events, places, etc. It can help students list the evidence for both sides of their topics, and weigh the merits of each. For this activity, students will identify and record differences and similarities between the book and the movie Wonder. Teachers can modify the worksheets to guide students through each text, and scaffold as needed! They can be completed digitally or printed out and used to take notes while reading/watching.

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Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Identify and record similarities and differences between the book and movie version of Wonder.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click on “Start Assignment”.
  2. As you are watching the movie, or after you have watched the movie, record similarities and differences that you find in the book and the movie.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/1] Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/7] Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film)


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Worksheet Rubric
7 Points
4 Points
1 Points
The writing is clear and uses complete sentences. The worksheet is complete and correct.
The writing is somewhat clear and uses some complete sentences. The worksheet is complete with some incorrect responses.
The worksheet is incomplete or mostly incorrect.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

How To Use Movies to Inspire Learning


Read a Book With Your Class

Using movies to inspire learning is perfect for a language arts class. In general, it is a good idea to read the book first and help students to understand the main ideas through the plot and characters.


Watch the Movie

Instruct students to watch the movie version of the book, paying careful attention to similarities and differences that they find. Learning how to organize their thoughts into comparing and contrasting is a higher level skill all students need.


Find Similarities and Differences

Instruct students to find similarities and differences between the book and the movie. They may look at elements such as characters, setting, themes, conflicts, and other interactions in the story line. Classifying elements of the book and movie will help them to organize information.

Frequently Asked Questions about Comparing Wonder: Book and Film

Why is comparing and contrasting an important skill for students?

Students will always need to be able to judge between two different elements and find out how they are different and how they are similar. This helps them to categorize their world beyond literature, and is a lifelong skill.

How can a movie aid in learning?

Students can use movies for an interesting lesson in comparing and contrasting when they compare the actions, characters, and themes of a book and a movie. There are so many lessons to learn about director's choices, how the similarities and differences play out, and how the words on a page can come alive.

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