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Grade 2 Reading Literature - Comparing Stories
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Grade 2 Reading Literature - Comparing Stories

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Comparing and contrasting is a common skill in reading. In the second grade, students are expected to compare and contrast two different versions of the same story. They will be looking for similarities and differences in the setting, characters and plot. The versions of the story can be by different authors or from different cultures. In this quiz, the students will practice answering questions about the similarities and differences between the two stories.

Story 1 - The Dog and the Cat

A dog is walking down the road. He sees a kitten. The kitten has its paw stuck. It is stuck in a trap.

“Meow! Meow!” the kitten says. The kitten’s mom does not see her kitten. The cat is finding food. She has walked way down the road.

“Will you help me?” the kitten asks the dog. “My paw is stuck. My mom can’t hear me.”

“She would hear my bark,” the dog says.

“Yes, she would. Will you bark?” the kitten asks. The dog thinks. He is hungry.

“I will help you. I will bark. Then your mom will hear me. She will then help you. I want some of your food. Your mom must share her food with me,” the dog says.

“Okay. We will," the kitten says. The dog barks. The cat hears the dog. She has a fish in her mouth. She runs back to her kitten. She helps her kitten. Then both the kitten and cat run up a tree. They eat the fish. The dog is still hungry.

Story 2 - The Bear and the Seal

In Canada near the Arctic Circle, a polar bear moves on the ice. A baby seal cries. Her mother is not here. She is looking for fish. They will have their dinner soon.

“I am hungry too,” the polar bear says.

“Look, my fin is in this trap. Can you help me?” the baby seal asks. The bear looks at the trap.

“No I can’t help you," the polar bear says.

“I yelled for my mom. She is too far away. My voice does not go that far,” the seal says. “My fin hurts too,” it says.

“I could roar and your mom would hear me. Then she can help you,” the bear says. The baby seal is happy.

“Will you?” the baby seal asks. The bear has a plan.

“I will roar to help you. You need to help me. Give me the fish and I will roar," the bear says.

“I will,” the baby seal says. The bear roars a big roar. The mom seal swims to her baby. She gets the baby seal’s fin out of the trap. The mom seal swims off. She has two fish in her mouth. The baby seal swims off too. The bear is mad.

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Read Story 1 and 2 above.
What is the same in both stories?
Both characters are cats and dogs.
Both want fish to eat.
Both take place in the cold.
Both animals roar.
The dog and the polar bear both want the fish to eat.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
Who gets her paw stuck in a trap?
A polar bear.
A seal.
A kitten.
A dog.
The kitten gets her paw stuck in a trap. The seal gets its fin stuck in a trap.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
At first, one animal won't help. Which animal is that?
Polar bear.
At first, the polar bear said no to helping the seal.
Read Story 1 above.
What is the setting?
In Canada.
In the ocean.
On a road.
In the cold.
In Story 1, the story takes place on a road when the dog walks by.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
What is a difference in the two stories?
The animals get a body part stuck in a different object.
The animals make different sounds.
The baby animals have different problems.
The mom animals are doing different things at the start of the story.
The polar bear and dog make different sounds to get the moms' attentions.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
Which animal has a plan?
Polar Bear.
The polar bear has a plan to get food from the seal.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
What is the same in both stories?
Both stories are in the water.
Both stories are near ice.
Both stories have a mom looking for food.
Both stories have animals run up a tree.
At the beginning of the stories, both mom animals are looking for food.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
What happens at the end of the stories?
Both the polar bear and dog climb a tree.
Both the polar bear and dog eat the fish.
Both the polar bear and dog are mad.
Both the cat and seal swim away.
Both the polar bear and the dog are mad because they do not get the fish.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
Why do the baby animals want the polar bear and dog to make a sound?
The baby animals can't talk.
The polar bear and dog want to make sounds.
The baby animals like the other animals' sounds.
The mom animals can't hear their baby animals' sounds.
The baby animals' sounds are very quiet which is why they ask for help.
Read Story 1 and 2 above.
Which animals need help in the stories?
Polar bear and kitten.
Kitten and baby seal.
Seal and dog.
Cat and dog.
The baby animals are the kitten and baby seal and they need help.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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