Comparing and Contrasting Books!

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13898

A lot of books are written by the same author! Learn how to spot what is the same and what is different between them. The best part is, when you finish one book, there are more to read!


English / Language Arts, Literary Studies

English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Pete the Cat, Amelia Bedelia, The Magic School Bus, Junie B. Jones, Captain Underpants, Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid ...

  • What do all these books have in common?

Keep reading to find out!

In this lesson, you will learn how to compare and contrast the settings, plots, and themes of books written by the same author about the same (or similar) characters.

This is important because it will help you to think deeply about more than one text.

Okay, let's go back to the books listed above.

  • Were you able to think of something that was the same about them all?

I'm sure you could think of a few things that are the same, but the one we want to focus on is that these books are all parts of series.

  • What does that mean?

A series is when there are:

  • » many books
  • » by the same author
  • » with the same characters

For example, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series because there are a lot of books (11!) by the same author with the same characters.

Series are fun because, when you finish one great book, there are more to keep reading that are the same in a lot of ways!

It is important that the characters are the same or similar. Often, an author writes lots of books, but they are NOT part of a series unless the characters are the same or connected to each other in some way.

For example, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug are both by Eric Carle, but they aren't connected to each other because they don't have the same characters.

These kinds of books are great too, but they're not what this lesson is about today.

So, when we look at books in a series, it's important to think about what's the same and what's different between them. It helps you to understand -- and enjoy -- ALL the books better!

When thinking about what is the same and different, it helps to really pay attention to the setting, plot, and theme of each story. Take a moment to review these story elements!

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As you read books in a series, you should be thinking about what is the same and different in where the story takes place, the actions and events in the story, and what the characters (and you!) can learn from the story.

Let's go to the Got It! section to try this out for ourselves!

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