Description: Comparative Reading Compare and contrast how contemporaneous authors address related topics, comparing the authors’ use of reasoning, and analyzing the texts within the context of the time period.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 9A


9A: Comparing/Contrasting

9A: Comparing/Contrasting

Description: Compare, Contrast, and/or Integrate

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Selection: K-43


Grade level: 11
Word count: 2281 words
Author: Kate Scoville
Synopsis: The hibakusha describe the bomb's aftermath, while communicating their hopes for a more peaceful world.
Excerpt: "Boys who remained in the middle of the playground shouted, 'Look, a B-29!' pointing at the sky. (Around that time, U.S. B-29 bombers often flew over the city. Whenever they came, an air-raid alert siren sounded; so a B-29 was a familiar sight to children.)

"I looked up and saw the silver-shining B-29 plane flying high in the blue sky, drawing a white arc with its vapor trail. 'That's pretty,' I thought.

Question: Read these two excerpts from the selection. For which two reasons can they be considered ironic?
  1. They show war eventually became a normal fixture in Japanese children's lives.
  2. They illustrate children's interest in a machine that would seconds later destroy their city.
  3. They show Japanese children spent most of the school day outside.
  4. They highlight the lack of preparation for war by the Japanese government.
  5. They reveal Japanese children lived in constant fear during this time of war.

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Writing prompt: Use a Venn diagram to compare two non-fiction selections on the same topic.


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