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Compare and Contrast (Grade 8)

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Compare and Contrast

1. 
There is no doubt that electronic readers, or e-readers as they are known, are gaining in popularity in the United States and other countries. Millions of models are sold in bookstores and online every year. The reasons why e-readers have been so welcomed are easy to understand.

Downloading books to e-readers is fast and easy. Frequently, all it requires is a few seconds and clicks on the computer. No trips to the library or bookstore required.

While e-readers themselves often come with a significant price tag, the books read on them are commonly free or far less expensive than traditional books. The size of print can be even be changed in order to make the words bigger or smaller, a helpful feature for readers of all ages. Finally, with an e-reader, it is certainly easier to download ten, a hundred-even a thousand books on it than it is to find room for all of those volumes on shelves.

Of course, there are those who still prefer reading an old-fashioned traditional book to using a modern e-reader. Some of these people like the feel and the sound of turning the pages. Others enjoy the weight and texture of a book in their hands. Still others simply appreciate the fact that real books do not need to be charged or are not easily damaged if dropped.
A. 
What factor do e-readers and books have in common?
  1. Both are quite expensive.
  2. Both are climbing in national sales.
  3. Both are difficult to see in dimly lit rooms.
  4. Both are enjoyable to hold and very portable.
2. 
"What are you doing for spring break?" I asked Julian as we sat down in the cafeteria. "I am guessing you and your family are going to Florida like usual-staying on the beach in a fancy hotel and soaking up the sunshine for two weeks."

Julian paused and then shook his head slowly. "Our family is trying something entirely different this year, Michael," he finally said. "We are still going to Florida and staying on the beach, but this time we are foregoing the hotel room and instead, we are staying in tents. Personally, I have my doubts on whether or not we are going to enjoy this vacation."

"Julian, for the very first time, I am actually incredibly jealous of you," I admitted. "I have always loved camping and being near enough to the ocean to actually hear the crash of the waves and the call of the seagulls would be amazing. Camping gets you so much closer to nature, including its beautiful sunshine, and fresh ocean breezes! You will get the best night’s sleep in the world."

"It also gets you much closer to annoying insects, smelly seaweed, and gritty sand that manages to go everywhere and much further away from hot showers, room service, and king sized beds," replied Julian.

"I have the perfect solution then. How about you stay home over spring break and help my parents clean out the garage, and I will accompany your family to the Florida campground?" Julian could not help smiling and I knew that now he might appreciate his camping opportunity just a little bit more than he had before.
A. 
What factor did Julian not like about camping?
  1. Going to Florida
  2. Being near the ocean
  3. Missing room service
  4. Hearing the seagulls
B. 
What is the major difference between staying in a hotel and camping?
  1. Camping is closer to the outdoors.
  2. Camping is too far from the ocean front.
  3. Camping is much more expensive then hotels.
  4. Camping is not a traditional way to go on vacation.
C. 
What convinces Julian that camping might be more fun than he thought?
  1. The idea of a good night's sleep.
  2. Michael's offer to trade places.
  3. The possibility of room service.
  4. Michael's description of the beach.

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