English for November 4, 2013

posted Nov 3, 2013, 1:57 PM by Jeff Maxim   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 4:37 AM ]

We've learned how to compare and contrast character traits and we've also learned how to compare and contrast setting. Today, we're going to compare and contrast events in a story.


Compare and contrast events in a story.

The chronological order of events within a story is the order in which things happen. A story usually begins with an introduction to the characters and the problem encountered. The steps taken to solve the problem are additional events in a story. A story ends with the solution to the problem. All of these events, with the problem and solution as a central idea, make up the plot of a story. It helps to compare and contrast these events to better understand the changes that characters undergo.

When analyzing a story’s plot, it helps to determine which event introduces the problem and which event gives a solution to the problem. In most cases, it is clear in the text. Where in the text can you find this information?

In most stories, you will notice a clear change occur from the beginning of the story to the end. In other words, there is a change when the solution to a problem is found. Compare and contrast the events occurring when the problem and the solution are presented in this story. Think about the characters and the overall mood during these events.

We'll read through the Celebration passage and answer a few questions during the minilesson, and you can see that here

Today's assignment

There's two groups for today's assignment: a mild group and a hot group. Your group is based off of your reading level. Click here to see what group you're in

All groups should read this passage and answer these questions

People in the mild group should do question #1 and #2, but people in the hot group have to do all three questions.

What you'll be graded on

  1. Have you answered all parts of the question?
  2. Did you write at least three sentences?
What should my answer look like?

Check out Christina's outstanding answer from Thursday. 

Need Extra Help?

  • You can walk through this lesson, which will show you more about how to compare/contrast events.

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Complete the writing prompt on the Google Doc that's available at this link. You'll have to save a copy of the Google Doc to your own Google Drive.