Description: Key Ideas and Details Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 9A


9A: Comparing/Contrasting

9A: Comparing/Contrasting

Description: Compare, Contrast, and/or Integrate

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Selection: E-55


Grade level: 5
Word count: 1842 words
Author: Mike Ciecierski
Synopsis: When it's time to think about a career, follow your interests. Work is more pleasant if you get to do something you enjoy.
Excerpt: However, when she was not talking on the phone, Nick's mom always talked to him about school and careers. She wanted him to become a doctor. She said Nick had a talent for science, so a career in medicine was the right one for him. He had something else he wanted to do.

Although his mom wanted him to be a doctor, Nick thought the career he would really want was to make movies.

As he passed the coffee shop, he recognized his neighbor, a man who sat at the corner table and drew in a sketch book. Nick knew that the man was a successful artist. One time when Nick and his mom were in the coffee shop, the man talked to them about his work. He had said, "When I was young I had a real talent for art. But my father wanted me to be a bus driver, so that's what I did. After many unhappy years in that career, I decided that art was what I was supposed to do. So I corrected the mistake I made. Now I do the kind of work I love."

Question: Read these two excerpts from the selection. In what way are Nick and the man in the coffee shop alike?
  1. They both wanted to pursue a career that was different from the one a parent suggested.
  2. They were both interested in making movies.
  3. They both followed a parent's advice and pursued careers they did not like.
  4. They both had a parent who was a doctor.

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Writing prompt: How is the life of a character in a selection similar to (or different from) your own life?


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