Lesson: 3: Compare and Contrast Characters

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to compare and contrast two characters in fiction.

Lesson Plan

Direct Teaching
(I)          will reread the first half of Burnt Toast on Davenport Street by Tim Egan (previously read in the Character unit). I will compare and contrast Arthur and Stella (example chart is provided) and model my thinking as I identify similarities and differences between the two characters. For example, the text tells us that Arthur and Stella were both happy dogs so I know that is a similarity they have. I know that Arthur always burns the toast, but the story only says that Stella was used to it. It does not mention that she burns the toast too, so I know that is a difference between Arthur and Stella.
Guided Practice
(We)      will finish reading Burnt Toast on Davenport Street and charting the similarities and differences between Arthur and Stella. (Example Chart is provided.) We will draw conclusions about similarities and differences that Arthur and Stella have in their personalities. For example, Arthur gets furious at the crocodiles and he doesn’t believe the fly and is rude to him at first. Stella tries to convince Arthur to ignore the crocodiles and tries to appreciate the tropical island as an adventure instead of getting mad at the fly. Therefore, we can draw the conclusion that Arthur has a short temper and Stella is more patient
Independent Practice
(You)     will choose a book that has at least two characters. You will compare and contrast two characters by listing similarities and differences between the two characters. (Independent Practice worksheet is provided.)
Note: Students will need to choose a book with at least two characters for the Independent Practice.

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Lesson Resources

Direct Teaching & Guided Practice Example Chart   Notes
Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork


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