LAFS.6.RI.3.9

Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 6
Strand: Reading Standards for Informational Text
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 , EBSR , MS , ST , MC item(s)

  • Assessment Limits :
    Items may ask the student to analyze similarities and differences in how authors present ideas or events. Items may require the student to use key details to explain how authors are similar or different in their approach. Items should not simply ask the student to identify common events. Items should be developed with text sets focusing on the same events orideas.
  • Text Types :
    Items assessing this standard may be used with two ormore grade-appropriate informational texts and other media. 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 this standard (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

    Determine similarities and differences in two authors’ presentation of the same events, using explicit details in the text.

    Sample Response Mechanisms

    Selectable Text

    • Requires the student to select sentences or phrases from each text that show similarities or differences in how two authors present or treat the same events. 
    EBSR
    • Requires the student to select an explanation of how two authors present or treat the same events 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 authors treat or present the same events.
    • Requires the student to select sentences or phrases that show similarities or differences in how two authors present or treat the same events.
    Multiselect
    • Requires the student to select multiple sentences or phrases that show similarities or differences in how two authors present or treat the same events. 
    Table Match
    • Requires the student to complete a table by comparing and contrasting two authors’ presentations of the same events.

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 and beyond (current))
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))
1100000: M/J Library Skills/Information Literacy (MC) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1700000: M/J Research 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1700060: M/J Career Research and Decision Making (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
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))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.6.RI.3.AP.9a: Compare two texts on the same topic or event.
LAFS.6.RI.3.AP.9b: Contrast two texts on the same topic or event.

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Formative Assessments

Presentation of Events in I am a Man:

The student will read two related passages. After reading, the student will record notes regarding similarities and differences with the presentation of events with the two passages. The student will write to explain observations.

Type: Formative Assessment

Compare and Contrast The Story of the Teddy Bear:

The student will compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events in “The Story of the Teddy Bear” with that of another text on the same topic.

Type: Formative Assessment

Compare and Contrast Global Warming Article :

The student will read two informational texts on global warming by two different authors. Students will work in pairs to complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the way each author presents information. The student will identify the text with the most effective presentation of ideas

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

Obama: The Editorials:

This lesson is part three of a three-part unit that describes the importance of teamwork to resolve life's issues and problems. The goal of this lesson is to compare and contrast two editorials that both describe President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Students will use close reading, questioning, cooperative learning, note-taking, graphic organizers and discussion in order to get ready for the summative assessment: a debate as a culminating performance task to address the issue of working together to achieve unity.

Type: Lesson Plan

Initials Autobiography:

Using excerpts from Roald Dahl's Boy: Tales of Childhood and D is for Dahl: A gloriumptious A-Z guide to the World of Roald Dahl compiled by Wendy Cooling the students will compare and contrast biographies and autobiographies.  They will identify and chart the differences between each.  As a culminating assignment, students will compose their own autobiography using only their initials.

Type: Lesson Plan

Close Reading Exemplar: "The Great Fire":

The goal of this three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits they've been practicing on a regular basis to explore the historic Great Fire of Chicago. By reading and rereading the passage closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the historical truths related to poverty, city construction, and city services that led to the disaster. In this reading, students learn about historical disasters, but they may not fully comprehend causes or how human actions, nature, or even luck contributed to them, rendering history a flat subject to be memorized rather than explored. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will better understand the dangers inherent in cities and the government role in mitigating that danger.

Type: Lesson Plan

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