LAFS.6.RL.3.9

Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 6
Strand: Reading Standards for Literature
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes
Test Item Specifications
  • Item Type(s): This benchmark may be assessed using: TM , MS , ST , MC item(s)

  • Assessment Limits :
    Items may ask the student to analyze similarities and differencesin how texts approach the similar themes or topics. Items may require the student to use key details to explain how texts are similar or different in their approach. Items should not simply ask the student to identify common themes or topics. Items should be developed with text sets from different genres.
  • Text Types :
    Items assessing this standard may be used with two ormore grade-appropriate literary texts in different forms and genres. Texts may vary in complexity.
  • Response Mechanisms :
    The Enhanced Item Descriptions section on page 3 provides a list of Response Mechanisms that may be used to assess thisstandard (excluding the Editing Task Choice item type). The Sample Response Mechanisms may include, but are not limited to, the examples below.
  • Task Demand and Sample Response Mechanisms :

    Task Demand

    Analyze the similarities and differences in how two texts present, treat, or develop similar themes or topics. The theme or topic may be provided.

    Sample Response Mechanisms

    Selectable Text

    • Requires the student to select sentences or phrases from each text that show similarities or differences in how two texts present, treat, and/or develop themes or topics.
    • Requires the student to select a correct explanation of how two or more texts treat a theme or topic and to select sentences or phrases from each text that show similarities or differences. 
    Multiple Choice
    • Requires the student to select a correct explanation of how two or more texts treat a theme or topic.
    • Requires the student to select sentences or phrases that show similarities or differences in how two texts present, treat, and/or develop themes or topics. 
    Multiselect
    • Requires the student to select multiple sentences or phrases that show similarities or differences in how two texts present, treat, and/or develop themes or topics. 
    Table Match
    • Requires the student to complete a table by comparing and contrasting how two texts present, treat, or develop a theme or topic.

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
1000000: M/J Intensive Language Arts (MC) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
1000010: M/J Intensive Reading 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)
1000020: M/J Intensive Reading and Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)
1001010: M/J Language Arts 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1001020: M/J Language Arts 1 Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1002000: M/J Language Arts 1 Through ESOL (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
1002180: M/J English Language Development (MC) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
1008010: M/J Reading 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (course terminated))
1008020: M/J Reading 1, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (course terminated))
1009000: M/J Creative Writing 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
7810011: Access M/J Language Arts 1  (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
1002181: M/J Developmental Language Arts Through ESOL (Reading) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
1009025: M/J Creative Writing (Specifically in versions: 2015 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.6.RL.3.AP.9a: Compare texts from different genres that have a similar theme or address the same topic.
LAFS.6.RL.3.AP.9b: Contrast texts from different genres that have a similar theme or address the same topic.

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Formative Assessments

Different Ways of Saying the Same Thing:

The student will select two pieces of text from different genres. After reading the texts independently, the student will complete a graphic organizer to analyze a common theme shared by the two genres.

Type: Formative Assessment

Theme Analysis:

The student will read two texts from different forms or genres and complete the “Themes Analysis Chart”. The student will compare and contrast how the two texts approach a similar theme. The student will write a paragraph explaining how the form or genre of each text affects the theme.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plan

Views on Freedom: Part 2 of 3:

In this second part of a three-part unit, students first read a nonfiction article by Nelson Mandela about freedom and fill out a rhetorical triangle and an outline to help them understand and process the key points and supporting details. Students will also read and analyze the folk tale "The People Could Fly" for its use of figurative language and literary elements using a chart similar to the poetry chart from Lesson #1. Text-dependent questions for both texts have also been included. In the closure activity students will compare and contrast these texts with a poem they read in the first lesson in the unit as to how each text approaches the topic of freedom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Analyzing the Mystery Novel "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin:

This is a sixth grade unit on the mystery novel "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin. Students will analyze the character's motives, identify clues to solve the mystery, make predictions about the conclusion, and identify 'red herrings'. This unit on detective fiction includes a complete packet with graphic organizers, a pacing guide, and an assessment with answer key.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

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