and contrasting activities practice analyzing how objects, ideas, or texts are
alike and/or different. For example, comparing and contrasting an event in a
biography of a person versus those in the person's autobiography helps to
understand how a person personally views the event as opposed to how that
person is viewed by the outside world as an actor in the event.
In 1879, author Robert
Louis Stevenson traveled from Great Britain to New York. From there, he took a
train across the United States to San Francisco. His reflections on the trip
were later published as a series of memoirs. In this reading set are excerpts from
sections of the first chapter of the book.
Reading Set: 5 Passages
For centuries, humans have
attempted to codify the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and freedoms each
person has in a society. This Reading Set is a collection of some of the most
important documents in this ongoing quest to form “a more perfect union.”
The French Revolution
began in 1789 and took the idea of modern democracy from the fledgling United
States to Europe. A period of social, political, and economic upheaval, it has
been the setting for many seminal works by major authors, including Charles Dickens
and Victor Hugo. This Reading Set includes both fiction and nonfiction
passages along with related reading comprehension questions.
Reading Set: 6 Passages
Many have seen the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," based on L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." While it is a great family movie, like most movies based on a book, the book is better! This reading set introduces the reader to the real Wizard of Oz story, including the backstory on some of the characters and some riveting scenes.
Lewis Carroll's iconic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a journey with little Alice through a fantastical world full of vanishing cats and mad tea parties. This learning set of passages is from each chapter in the book, beginning with Alice following the white rabbit down the hole into Wonderland to the final chapter with Alice on the witness stand.
Reading Set: 12 Passages
Molly the cat likes her life just fine, but one day Mrs. Marks brings home a surprise. This story shows that new friends can co...
399 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Summary, and Theme
by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains
More noted for his works of fiction and poetry, Robe...
651 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, and Main / Central Idea
Farmer Hicks had two horses. Softly was sweet, and Surly was ornery. One day a stranger came to the farm, and the horses overhe...
504 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Summary, and Theme
Abigail Adams’ letters to her husband, John Adams, reveals much of the inner workings of the early Founding Fathers. In this ex...
261 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues, and Main / Central Idea
by Theodore Roosevelt
An avid conservationist, President Theodore Roosevel...
689 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1300L +, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, and Summary