Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.9: Compare and Contrast Characters in Stories}

Today we will look at RL 1.9; comparing and contrasting characters in stories.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!

The "Reader Ready" anchor chart we use for this standard is Capture the Character.   We explain that good readers think about the characters in the story.  We talk about how "capturing" a character is like taking a picture of them - to signify looking at the details about the character - their traits, adventures, and experiences.  Once students can get a clear picture of each character, they are able to compare and contrast the characters in the story / stories.  

{Capture the Character: a reader is always thinking about the characters in the story...we think about their adventures, experiences, and traits}

This is an anchor chart we leave hanging once we have introduced the idea of capturing the characters.  We put the headings, "same" and "different" for students to add post it notes 
so they can compare and contrast two characters.  As with most of our Reader Ready anchor charts, the post it notes are written and added by the students so they can take ownership of it.  This anchor chart can be used for 1 book or multiple books (which is how we use it).  We generally add post it's for read alouds, but also during Guided Reading as needed.

During Guided Reading, we provide practice with capturing the character.  We do this orally, using the anchor chart above, and the graphic organizers seen below.  

On this graphic organizer, the students (or teacher) selects two characters.  The students draw a picture of them, write their name, and then give a character trait that describes them.  They provide evidence as to why that character trait fits the character.  

On this graphic organizer, the students (or teacher) selects two characters.  The students give two examples of how they are the same and two examples of how they are different. We discuss how important it is to select similarities and differences that make an impact on the book - specific actions, experiences, or adventures.

**As a side note, for this standard we mostly choose one book / passage with two characters to compare and contrast, however, this standard can also apply to two books / passages.  Our favorite set of books to read if we use two books are both by Leo Lionni - The Alphabet Tree and Swimmy.  In these books, the character experiences are very similar (in both books the characters join together to become stronger / bigger), but there is also enough different that there can be great conversations.

For this standard, we use our RL 1.9 Print a Standard pack. Our Print a Standard packs each include over 10 activities. The activities can be done whole group, small group, or independently.  They are also great for assessments and homework.  With all of our Print a Standard packs, we use formats that are easy to use but engaging to the students. 

Some of our favorite RL 1.9 read aloud books: 

Frog and Toad // Beatrice Doesn't Want To
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon // Stellaluna
Town Mouse Country Mouse // Recess Queen

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