2nd Grade - Compare And Contrast Stories

 
     
 
     
 
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Stories and Literature
Compare and contrast stories
Compare and contrast different versions of the same stories that reflect different cultures.
Compare and contrast different versions of the same stories that reflect different cultures. Complete charts and graphs that show similar and different characteristics of the same story.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does it mean to compare?

(2)

What does in meant to contrast?

(3)

What is a Venn Diagram used for?

(4)

How many stories can be compared using a Venn Diagram?

(5)

What other graphs can be used to compare and contrast two versions of the same story?

Learning Tips

(1)

Children often have trouble remembering comparing and contrasting. Remind your child that comparing and contrasting means identifying how things are alike and different. Comparing means to find what two or more objects have in common or alike. Contrast means to find how two or more items are different. Encourage your child to use a Venn Diagram when comparing and contrasting stories. To use a Venn Diagram have your child think of all of the things the two stories have in common and write them in the center of the chart. To contrast the two stories, label each circle with a title of the book. Think of how the two stories are different. List the facts under the correct book.

(2)

To have your child practice the skill of comparing and contrasting, encourage them to read a book or choose a book that can be done as a read aloud with your child (Ex. Charlotte’s Web). Read the book with your child. When the book is finished, allow your child to watch the movie. Before your child watches the movie, make a list with your child. Divide a sheet of writing paper in half. On one side write “Same” and on the other side write “Different”. As your child watches the movie, encourage them to list parts from the movie that are the same and different from the book. After the movie is over, go over the list made with your child. Allow them to describe and add on to their list.

(3)

To find information from stories when comparing and contrasting, remind your child to look back in the story. Teach your child to be the “detective” and find the information needed. To help your child with this skill ask them questions about books that they have read. What is the setting of the story? Who are the main characters? What is the problem? If your child does not know the answer to a question, encourage him/her to reread the story or look back for the information.

(4)

To help your child find information within stories that show comparing and contrasting, help them learn the vocabulary to identify this reading skill. Some examples of words that hint to the use of comparing are: like, still, similar, in comparison, and at the same time. Some examples of contrast hint words are: however, yet, but, rather, in contrast, and nevertheless. Make a list with your child. Divide a sheet of writing paper in half. On one side label “Comparison Words”. On the other side label “Contrasting Words”. List the words in each column, so that your child can become familiar with the set of words.

(5)

To help reinforce the skill of comparing and contrasting, have your child read fairy tales or folk tales that they are familiar with. An example may be the American version of Cinderella. When children are very familiar with a story, it is easier for them to comprehend and remember details. Encourage you child to read another version of the story from a different culture. This example of a fairy tale usually shares the same concept of the well known version, however, has details or parts that make them different. Encourage your child to complete a Venn Diagram after reading the two stories.

 

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