Comparing and Contrasting Stories and Dramas Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RL.5.3
When we have two works of literature and are looking for similarities and differences within the works, we need to pay special attention to the overall plot and morale of the stories. Many times students will focus on the character or the setting. This is where strong students excel and find themselves drawing back and set head strong on making a solid comparison. The worksheets you will find in this section are centered on helping students create strong comparisons between two works that are either stories, dramas, or poetry.
Stories and Dramas Worksheets To Print:
Penny and Her Dad –
Penny's Mom and Dad are separated. The there are many differences
and similarities with them though.
The Coin Flip –
A great deal is riding on just one flip of a coin.
The Concert –
We include a bit of a drama here as some kids attend a local concert.
New Home – Once upon a time, tadpole named Willie hatched out
of a tiny, jelly-like egg. Willie loved the small pond where he lived
with his hundreds of brothers and sisters.
and Caleb's Dinner – Isabel's family stepped into the crowded
lobby of an Italian restaurant. Caleb and his father always go to
the same Mexican restaurant on their way home from afternoon baseball
Dogs – Julius and Magellan were from the same litter of puppies
and lived together with the same owner their entire lives.
– Read the two short plays below. Then compare and contrast the
to Grandma's House – Both sets of Linda's grandparents lived
in the same town. What does Linda like about visiting Grandma Trudy
and Grandpa Joe?
and His Nephew – The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open
that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little
cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters.
Forever? – Ryan and Bill were best friends their entire lives.
They would spend almost all hours of the days together.
Tips for Comparing and Contrasting Stories and Dramas
In every student's academic career, there comes a time when he or she is made to compare and contrast different literary texts. This task bores many people and many seem to hate it because they find it really difficult to compare and contrast unrelated stories and dramas. However, this compare and contrast task can be made really easy and interesting if the students are taught some basic tips and tricks to compare and contrast various texts.
Here are a few tips that can make your next compare and contrast assignment easier and interesting for you:
Fully Read the Text
It is a task to just go through a summary or skim through the text to be worked on in an aim to find their obvious similarities and differences. We suggest you to read the text completely and with great care before you begin to mark the similarities or differences in it. Once you have read both the texts, you will automatically be able to compare and contrast them easily.
Know The Difference Between Comparing and Contrasting
It is essential to fully understand the difference between comparing two things and contrasting them. While comparing the texts, you try to look for similarities in them. On the contrary, contrasting requires you to work out the differences between the texts. It is advisable to first focus on finding either the individual similarities or differences. This will make the task easier and clearer for you with less ambiguities in your answer.
One Thing at a Time
Never compare and contrast the texts all at once because it only causes confusion. It is better to look for the differences and similarities in one aspect of both the texts at one time and then move on to the next. You can first compare and then contrast the texts for characters, settings, narrative, plot's building, themes, etc. one by one.