Comparing and Contrasting in Fiction

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Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Lesson Plan
Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Can cartoon bears talk? Can fish sing? Engage your students by teaching the difference between real and make believe.
Preschool
Math
Lesson Plan
Comparing Information
Comparing Information
Guided Lesson
Comparing Information
Learning how to read fluently includes more than just piecing letters together to form words. Kids also have to read from left to right and notice spacing between words. Help your child become a fluent reader by tackling these skills.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Comparing Two Stories
Comparing Two Stories
Worksheet
Comparing Two Stories
Use this resource for your students to practice reading and comparing the story elements of two fiction texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 1
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 1
Week 1 of our series contains 5 days of independent activities in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies for fifth grade.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Compare and Contrast: Short Stories
Compare and Contrast: Short Stories
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Short Stories
Your students will read two short stories, then compare and contrast the characters, problems, solutions, and themes with the help of a graphic organizer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Christmas in Mexico
Christmas in Mexico
Worksheet
Christmas in Mexico
If you're good in Mexico, the Three Wise Men might come on Christmas Day and leave you candy and money!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Text 1
Informational Text 1
Guided Lesson
Informational Text 1
Now that reading skills are more developed, second graders will move on to comprehension of informational text. This guided lesson supports this through an exploration of the main idea of a text, as well as the other text features, such as: captions, photographs, maps headings, subheadings, glossary, index, icons and graphs. Kids will look at two texts that cover the same topic, but in different ways.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Did you know that comparative tasks improve comprehension and help students develop higher order thinking skills? In this lesson, students will compare nonfiction texts on the same topic using Venn diagrams and performance!
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Christmas in Sweden
Christmas in Sweden
Worksheet
Christmas in Sweden
Have you ever heard of Julbock, the Christmas goat, or Tomten, the gift-giving Christmas elf? Learn how to celebrate Christmas in Sweden!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Christmas in Germany
Christmas in Germany
Worksheet
Christmas in Germany
Three full days of Christmas celebration? The holidays season is pretty amazing in Germany!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Week 5 of this independent study packet for third graders offers a stack of at-home learning opportunities in the subject areas of reading, writing, and math.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Extended Reading Comprehension: Ashputtel
Extended Reading Comprehension: Ashputtel
Worksheet
Extended Reading Comprehension: Ashputtel
Build your reading stamina and comprehension skills with this worksheet based on “Ashputtel,” the Grimm Brothers’ version of another famous fairy tale.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Christmas in England
Christmas in England
Worksheet
Christmas in England
Discover how our friends across the pond celebrate the holiday season!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Christmas in France
Christmas in France
Worksheet
Christmas in France
Pretend you're spending the holidays in France as you discover the Christmas customs and culinary delights of a country half a world away!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
Poetry, Prose, and Drama, Oh My!
Nourish your child's inner writer with this lesson on three different forms of literature: poetry, prose, and drama. After going through some examples of each, students will demonstrate their knowledge by filling out bubble maps.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
With this resource, your students will read and compare two nonfiction texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Read & Compare Character Traits
Read & Compare Character Traits
Worksheet
Read & Compare Character Traits
Students will read passages and compare the traits of two characters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Christmas in Russia
Christmas in Russia
Worksheet
Christmas in Russia
Did you know that you could celebrate Christmas in December and then fly to Russia to celebrate the same holiday in January?
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Workbook
Reading Comprehension
These articles, short stories, fairy tales and fables teach kids about a wide range of subjects so your child can learn more about history and science while improving literacy and vocabulary skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Week 4 of this independent study packet for third graders brings on new challenges in various subjects.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Christmas in the Netherlands
Christmas in the Netherlands
Worksheet
Christmas in the Netherlands
Learn all about Sinterklaas (sound familiar?) and the fun traditions that kids in the Netherlands look forward to every Christmas!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Christmas in Italy
Christmas in Italy
Worksheet
Christmas in Italy
If you like presents, Italy is where you want to celebrate the holidays!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Learn to Compare and Contrast
Learn to Compare and Contrast
Lesson Plan
Learn to Compare and Contrast
Your students will learn academic vocabulary and use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast two short stories. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories lesson plan.
2nd grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Literature 1
Literature 1
Guided Lesson
Literature 1
This literature lesson guides kids towards a deeper understanding of second grade texts through an exploration of character, setting, and plot. Kids will be challenged to answer the who, what, where, when and why of a story, in addition to determining the story's message. Two versions of the same story will be presented in order for second graders to see story elements in action.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Bears Reading Comprehension
Bears Reading Comprehension
Game
Bears Reading Comprehension
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game

Comparing and Contrasting in Fiction

It can be a struggle for kids to get the hang of comparing text on the same topic, but with our variety of resources, success is just around the corner. Find the right worksheet, game, workbook, or activity for your student with our library of nonfiction reading help that will help kids sort out the differences between two similar passages. We have topics of all kinds, from animals to life science to biographies.

Critical Connections: Resources on Comparing Texts on the Same Topic

Comparing texts on the same topic is a way to gather more nuanced and layered information on a subject. It can also result in discovering discrepancies between the two and lead to brand new discoveries. There are printable workbooks and worksheets, as well as lesson plans to teach students how to analyze two different sources.

One worksheet for fourth graders, Compare & Contrast Nonfiction Texts: The Underground Railroad, teaches kids how a Venn Diagram can be used as a tool for comparison.

A workbook, Text Detective: Weird Animals, provides miscellaneous worksheets with animal themes that teach students to compare fact versus opinion, make inferences based off images, and explore other features of nonfiction texts. Feel the Fall: Party Activities focuses more on comparison such as comparing first and secondhand accounts. The workbook also considers different writing styles much more.

Students can boost their ability to make connections and come up with new ideas with these resources on comparing texts on the same topic.