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Compare and Contrast Characters

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Compare and Contrast Characters
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Today we learned about how to compare and contrast characters from fiction stories!

Remember that when you compare and contrast, you discuss the similarities and differences between someone or something.

How can you compare characters in fiction stories?

  • You can compare physical traits such as height or hair color

  • You can also compare using inner traits such as personality or opinions

When you compare and contrast characters from fiction stories, you can also look at similarities or things that the characters have in common.

Interested in more comparing and contrasting characters practice? Take a look at the interactive exercises and worksheets that follow this video!

Transcript Compare and Contrast Characters

: "What are you watching, Zayd?" : "Oh, only the BEST SHOW EVER!" : "It's called Togi Versus the World and has the COOLEST characters!" : "Oh? What are they like?" : "Togi is a giant cat that saves the world from villains!" : "I watch a show with a cat also!" : "It's called Detective Mr. Black and it's so good!" Ari and Zayd are discussing characters from their shows. We can help them learn how to "compare and contrast characters" to decide which character has more interesting traits! When you compare and contrast, you discuss the similarities and differences in something, or someone. Remember difference means that something or someone is not the SAME. You can compare and contrast characters based on their traits, or things about them. For example, there are PHYSICAL traits (...) like hair color or height. Let's compare and contrast the physical traits of Togi and Detective Mr. Black! We can use a graphic organizer to help us look at the similarities and differences. When we do this, we put the differences in THESE boxes and the similarities in THIS box. : "Togi is the COOLEST cat ever. She has brown and black fur and wears a mask while saving the world!" What did you notice about the traits of Togi? Togi has brown and black fur and wears a mask! Now, let's look at Detective Mr. Black. : "Well, Detective Mr. Black is a sleek black cat with a tiny blue hat!" What do you notice about the physical traits of Detective Mr. Black? He has black fur and a tiny blue hat. Another type of trait is an INNER trait (...) like personality. Let's compare and contrast the inner traits of Togi and Detective Mr. Black. : "WELL Togi is brave and friendly, she even listens to music while she works! What inner traits do you notice about Togi? Togi is brave and friendly. : "But, Detective Mr. Black is serious and always calm, and he listens to jazz while he works!" What do you notice about the inner traits of Detective Mr. Black? He is serious and calm. We have many traits that we noticed are different, are there any that are similar? One similarity is that both Togi and Detective Mr. Black wear accessories like a hat and mask! Is there another trait that is similar? Togi and Detective Mr. Black both listen to music while they work! And, they're both cats! But, you probably knew that. Now that we've seen their similarities and differences, is there a character that YOU like more? Before we check in with Zayd and Ari, let's review. Today we learned about comparing and contrasting characters. Remember, when we compare and contrast, we look at the similarities and differences between two things. Today we learned about two different ways to compare and contrast characters. We compared physical traits, like Togi's brown and black fur... and we compared inner traits like how Detective Mr. Black is serious and calm. Now, let's see what Zayd and Ari think! It looks like they both got absorbed into each others shows!