Description: Key Ideas and Details compare a cultural value as portrayed in literature with a personal belief or value.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 9A


9A: Comparing/Contrasting

9A: Comparing/Contrasting

Description: Compare, Contrast, and/or Integrate

✓ standard met

Selection: F-28


Grade level: 6
Word count: 1784 words
Author: Anonymous
Synopsis: After Loki delivers the goddess Idun into the hands of the evil giant, he must develop a tricky plot to get her, and her apples, back again.
Excerpt: One thing the gods prized above their other treasures in Asgard, their heavenly home, was the beautiful fruit of the goddess Idun. The fruit was kept by the goddess in a golden chest and given to the gods to keep them forever young and fair. Without these apples all their power could not have kept them from getting old like the lowliest of mortals. Without these apples of Idun, Asgard itself would have lost its charm, for what would heaven be without youth and beauty forever shining through it?

Little by little the light of youth and beauty faded from the home of the gods, and they themselves became old and tired. Their strong, young faces were lined with care and wrinkled by age. Their dark locks passed from gray to white. Their flashing eyes became dim and hollow. Idun's husband, the god of poetry, could make no music while his beautiful wife was gone he knew not where.

Question: What do these two excerpts tell the reader about the change that the loss of the apples of Idun had on the heavenly kingdom of Asgard?
  1. It became a place where joy was replaced by worry.
  2. It became a place where everyone remained young and fair.
  3. It became a place where music and poetry were banned.
  4. It became a place where the gods could be happy.

✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Compare and contrast the views expressed by a fictional character to your own views.


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