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Compare and Contrast - Fiction (Grade 6)

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Compare and Contrast - Fiction

For the last three weeks, my Aunt Sheila has been giving me cooking lessons. I have learned a great deal about how to tell when a cake is done, how to stir gravy so it is not lumpy, and how to peel the skin off potatoes. Today's lesson was on fruits and vegetables.

"All right, Tabitha," said Aunt Sheila. "Put the vegetables on the left side of the kitchen table, and the fruits on the right."

This one was going to be easy, I thought, quickly placing the apple, orange and banana on the right. The green pepper, tomato, cucumber, and carrot went on the left. I hesitated a moment over the eggplant, but finally added it to the vegetables.

"Good job," said Aunt Sheila. "The apple, orange, and banana are all fruit. However," she said, pausing to grin at me, "everything you put in the vegetable pile is also fruit-except for the carrot."

"What!" I exclaimed. "Peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant are not fruit. They are not sweet, and are never served as snacks or desserts."

Aunt Sheila laughed. "Remember that technically, a fruit is a part of the plant that develops from a flower, and it contains the seeds. If you look at peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers, you can see they all fit that description. Vegetables, on the other hand, are the stems, leaves, or roots of a plant, such as celery, lettuce or carrots. Can you guess the one thing they all have in common, Tabby?"

I thought for a moment and then smiled because this one actually was easy. "They are both healthy and nutritious," I stated.

"You get an 'A' in nutrition class today—and here is your prize," replied Aunt Sheila, handing me an apple.
What factor do fruits and vegetables share?
  1. They both contain large seeds.
  2. They both are sweet to the taste.
  3. They both have large green leaves.
  4. They both contain minerals and vitamins.
What makes fruits and vegetables different?
  1. Which part of the plant they came from
  2. How often they are used as snacks
  3. When they are picked during the summer
  4. What recipes they are ingredients in
Vegetables are typically the...
  1. petals or flowers of the plant.
  2. stems, leaves, or roots of the plant.
  3. central seed of the plant.
  4. branches or trunk of the plant.
"Did you hear the news, Claudia?" Mariko asked the minute she saw her best friend. "The drama club is performing 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for the spring play." Mariko knew that Claudia would be as excited as she was since the two of them had read the classic novel multiple times over the past couple of years, and loved it every time.

To Mariko's surprise, Claudia did not look nearly as thrilled as she had expected. "Why don't we finally rent and watch the movie instead? Movies are always better than live performances."

Mariko found herself sputtering. "Are you crazy? Plays are always better than movies," she finally uttered. "In plays, you are up close and personal with the actors, as if the events are happening right in front of you and it feels so much more immediate and realistic."

Claudia shook her head. "Plays sometimes have terrible performers who do not know how to act or who forget their lines. You cannot pause or rewind to watch your favorite scene over again or to listen to dialogue you missed. I am sorry, Mariko, but if you want to watch 'To Kill a Mockingbird," let’s grab some popcorn on the couch, not a ticket and more time in school."
What idea do both girls in the story agree on?
  1. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a wonderful story.
  2. School plays are often poorly performed.
  3. Movies were better in the past then today.
  4. "To Kill a Mockingbird" won many awards.
What is the major difference between Mariko and Claudia's opinion?
  1. Mariko prefers movies to plays.
  2. Claudia thinks books are better than movies.
  3. Mariko believes live performances are more realistic.
  4. Claudia is very eager to attend the school's spring play.
Which of the following would Mariko and Claudia both most likely enjoy?
  1. Seeing the play version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  2. Watching the film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  3. Reading the book version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  4. Being in the play version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
"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.
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
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.
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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