There are a variety of great language skill building activities that can be done with any book you read in your classroom. On the way to understanding complete story elements and construction, students need to be able to describe characters and settings, and to compare and contrast two or more of each.
I usually begin a discussion of comparing and contrasting by having students use two shirts they can see in the classroom at the time, two students; anything they can visually reference and find familiar. We then apply the same skills to comparing the characters in the book.
A great book for comparing and contrasting is “I Need My Monster” by Amanda Noll and Howard McWilliam
I created this comparison chart for a student of mine. I hope you find it helpful, too. Just drag it to your desktop and print.
Have fun, and Keep on Talking!
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