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Compare and Contrast: Plots

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Compare and Contrast: Plots
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.9

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Let's compare and contrast plots with Ari and Zayd!

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Compare and Contrast: Plots "Alright everyone listen up, I'm going to tell you all about the time I rescued Zayd..." "Not this again Ari!" "I remember it like it was yesterday..." "Zayd was in big trouble." "Even though it wasn't easy, I stayed strong." "I faced the biggest battle I ever had to face, and conquered!" "I used my wand to transform Sock Doc, the villain." "At last, Zayd was free!"(...) "Ari, that's not what happened, I rescued YOU! Remember!?" "I remember it like it was yesterday..." "Ari was in big trouble." "Saving them was difficult, but I'm always up for a challenge." "Sock Doc didn't stand a chance!" "I used my powers to transform the villain." "At last, Ari was free!"(...) Ari and Zayd both told a story about rescuing each other. Each story had its own plot or the events that make up a story. The plot of a story is made up of these five elements: An EXPOSITION, or the beginning of the story where the characters, setting, and problem are introduced... the RISING ACTION, or the events that help build toward the climax of the story... the CLIMAX, or the turning point of a story where the conflict of the plot reaches its peak... the FALLING ACTION, the events after the climax, that lead to a resolution... which is the conclusion of a story. We're going to compare and contrast each plot from their stories... using THIS comparison chart. First, let's look at each EXPOSITION and think: how are they alike?(...) Both stories have the same setting. Now think: how are they different?(...) In Ari's story, Zayd is captured...(...) but in Zayd's story, Ari is captured. Next, let's look at each RISING ACTION and think: how are they alike?(...) BOTH characters use their special skills on the villain, Sock Doc. Now think: how are they different?(...) Ari uses their wand...(...) and Zayd uses his powers. We don't have any differences, so let's look at each CLIMAX and think: how are they alike?(...) BOTH characters have to overcome a villain. We don't have any differences, so let's look at each FALLING ACTION and think: how are they alike?(...) BOTH characters transform the villain, so we can add 'and transform' to our earlier observation. We don't have any differences, so let's look at each RESOLUTION and think: how are they alike?(...) In BOTH plots, the characters get rescued. Now think: how are they different?(...) In Ari's story, they are the hero...(...) but in Zayd's story, he is the hero. Before we see what's happening at the campfire, let's summarize! Remember, (...)the plot is all the events that make up a story... and it is made up of five elements: the exposition, (...)rising action, (...)climax, (...)falling action, (...)and the resolution. We can compare and contrast the five elements of a plot using a comparison chart. In order to do that, we look at each element and think: how are they alike?(...) and record it under BOTH. Then, we look at each element again and think: 'how are they different?'... and record the differences under each plot. "Sock Doc is that you!? Uh oh, it looks like there's ANOTHER version of the story to tell...

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  1. The baby Bunny is super cute

    From Yeet boy, 3 months ago

Compare and Contrast: Plots exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Compare and Contrast: Plots.
  • What is a "plot" in a story?

    Hints

    A plot includes things that happen in a story.

    A plot is not a character in a story.

    An example of a plot is: a boy goes to the library, but the book he wanted is not there, and as soon as he turns around to go home, his best friend comes in and returns that same book.

    Solution

    The plot is all the events that make up a story.

  • What is the correct order of plot elements?

    Hints

    The first element of the plot is the beginning of the story that exposes the characters, setting, and problem.

    The second element of the plot describes the events that help build up toward the turning point of the story. The third element of the plot is the turning point of the story, where the conflict of the plot reaches its peak.

    The fourth element of the plot describes the events that lead to the end of the story. In this part of the story, things start to calm down. The last element of the plot is the conclusion of the story. It describes events after the conflict gets resolved.

    Solution

    The correct order of five elements of the plot is: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution.

  • Which plot element matches which definition?

    Hints

    Exposition is where a story starts.

    Climax is the most exciting part of a story.

    Resolution is the last part of a story.

    Take a look at all the elements of the plot in order!

    Solution
    • Exposition is the beginning of the story where the characters, setting, and problem are introduced.
    • Rising action is the events that help build toward the climax of the story.
    • Climax is the turning point of a story where the conflict of the plot reaches its peak.
    • Falling action is the events after the climax, that lead to a resolution.
    • Resolution is the conclusion of a story.
  • Compare and contrast two plots.

    Hints

    What are things that are the same in both plots? What are the things that are different?

    What does the teacher do in both plots?

    What does the teacher answer in Riley's story? What about Alex's story?

    Solution
    • Both Riley's and Alex's stories have the same setting: their classroom. In both stories, the teacher answers their question.
    • In Riley's story, Riley asks the question and gets an answer that the essay should be submitted this Friday.
    • In Alex's story, Alex asks the question and gets an answer that the essay should be submitted by next Friday.
  • What questions do we ask when comparing and contrasting plots?

    Hints

    We can look for things that are similar.

    We can look for things that are not alike.

    There are two questions that you ask when comparing and contrasting. Can you remember what those questions are? We can use them when filling in a comparison chart.

    Solution
    • How are these plots alike?
    We ask the question How are these plots alike? to compare the plots.
    • How are these plots different?
    We ask the question How are these plots different? to contrast them.
  • Compare and contrast plot elements.

    Hints

    How are Zayd's and Ari's emotions different?

    What is similar about Zayd's and Ari's activity in the forest?

    What suddenly happened to both Zayd and Ari?

    Solution

    These are similarities between the two plots:

    • Both Zayd and Ari walk around the forest for a long time and get lost.
    • They hear the voices of their friends and run towards them.

    These are differences between the plots:

    • Zayd walks around the forest feeling anxious, while Ari feels excited.
    • Zayd goes to the forest in summer, but Ari does this in winter.
    • Even though friends of both of them come to the forest, Zayd's friends come for a picnic, and Ari's friends come to watch birds.