Description: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 2A


2A: Determining Main Idea

2A: Determining Main Idea

Description: Determining Main Idea and Themes

✓ standard met

Selection: F-6


Grade level: 6
Word count: 1783 words
Author: Mary R. Dunn
Synopsis: Flying high over the countryside, spies in hot air balloons could spot enemy troops.
Excerpt: No excerpt is available for this question.
Question: This selection is mainly about the Civil War and
  1. some brave people who help the Union spy on enemy forces.
  2. some children who take a hot air balloon ride in Virginia.
  3. some Confederate soldiers who are looking for deserters.
  4. some farmers who hide spies in their barns.

✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Describe how the same theme is represented in two different selections. Compare/contrast how the theme is represented through characters and events in both selections.


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