Comprehension Task Cards – Compare And Contrast

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A set of comprehension task cards to help students compare and contrast when reading.

Being able to compare and contrast is an important comprehension strategy for students to understand.

This teaching resource includes:

  • five comprehension task cards; including a text to read and accompanying questions
  • an enrichment task; where students use their creativity to make a product related to each text
  • question worksheets for each text
  • answers for teachers.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.9
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.9
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.9
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.4
Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.9
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.8
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.9
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.5
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.6
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.9
Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Fluency > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.4.A
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Fluency > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4.A
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.4.A
Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Knowledge of Language > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3.B
Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.


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