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Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Character Comparisons, Story 1 Rosa’s family had moved to a new town during the summer, so when school started in the fall, Rosa was a little bit nervous, even though she had made a few friends over the summer. Her mother offered to drive her to school on the first day, but Rosa declined. She wanted to ride the bus and get a look at the other kids on her way to school. As luck would have it, she knew two girls on the bus. She had met Keisha and Patti at the local swimming pool this summer, and they called her over to sit with them. They talked on the ride in to school. They took turns trying to impress each other with stories about all the fun they had during their summer vacation. Keisha and Patti seemed to be popular with the other kids, because everyone said “hi” to them when they got on the bus. They also introduced Rosa to everyone. Rosa was relieved. Maybe things would get off to a good start after all. Then some children got on at the next stop, and Rosa noticed some of them were picking on a little girl with thick glasses. No one let the little girl sit with them. Someone threw her lunch out the window. Rosa couldn’t believe that she wasn’t crying after that treatment. “Who’s that?” she asked Keisha and Patti. “Oh, don’t pay any attention to her. That’s Pig. She doesn’t have any friends,” said Patti. Then, much to Rosa’s shock, Patti made oinking noises. Rosa found out the girl’s name was Peg, but everyone called her Pig. No one could explain to Rosa why they picked on Peg: they just did. As Keisha told her, “someone has to be the lowest of the low.” At lunch, Rosa sat at the popular kids’ table in the cafeteria and joked around with Keisha and Patti. It felt good to have someone to joke with. It was only the first day of school, and she already had friends – popular friends! After she finished eating, Rosa went outside to play with her new friends until class started. She saw Peg leaning up against a tree, at the other end of the school, and for a moment wondered why she hadn’t been in the cafeteria. Then she remembered what had happened to Peg’s lunch on the bus that morning. Suddenly, Rosa felt sad. That night she baked cookies with her mother, and told her about Peg. “I think I have to make a decision,” Rosa said to her mother. The next morning she sat with Keisha and Patti on the school bus again. When Peg’s stop came, and no one wanted to let her sit down, Rosa waved her over. “There’s room here, Peg.” “What are you doing?” Patti hissed at her, but Rosa ignored her. “They steal your lunch again, Peg?” Rosa asked her. Peg nodded glumply. Rosa gave her a peek into her lunch box. “Thought so. I packed an extra ham sandwich just in case. And some cookies.” Then she turned to Keisha and Patti, who were rolling their eyes. “Bullying hurts people. Her name is Peg. And she does have a friend: me.”
Thomas was an athletic boy. and then helped Jack hobble to the street. together with some cans of spray paint. When he got to Jack’s house. The other boys looked frightened. and Thomas got permission to spend the night at Jack’s house. he would be branded as a wimp. The boys crowded through a hole in the chain-link fence and trotted in the dark through twisted machines and piles of debris. “I have something to confess…” ©2008abcteach. His leg is stuck.” he said. “We’re going to take some ropes with us and do a little climbing. Saturday came. he would be one of them.” Thomas said. he heard a crash and someone yelling. and walked through a big field alongside the freeway until they got to the rear of the factory. “What happened?” Thomas said. Story 2 “How brave are you. He was new in town. “but you have to go to the hospital.” one said. He was shocked to see the boy on the ground was Jack. Jack protested. breaking and entering wasn’t his idea of fun. “This machine tipped over on top of Jack. He nodded.com . but Thomas didn’t tell that to his parents.” he said. where Thomas called an ambulance.” “Then what are we waiting for?” said Thomas. Are you in or are you out?” Jack said. Thomas?” asked Jack. He disappeared into the shadows. Thomas knew what “out” meant. “I’ll get you out of here. But the boys had other ideas. He used a steel rod to lever the machine off Jack’s leg. “Maybe we will. If he declined. Thomas wandered away from the rest of the boys and spent an hour exploring the factory. “Good man. He ran across the building. “Are you brave? Are you chicken?” Thomas sensed that Jack and his friends had something dangerous planned. He doesn’t even get out of his truck. It had been closed for at least ten years. And some cans of paint and write our names up on the roof. “I’m in. Jack shook his head. It wasn’t hard to keep track of the others: he could hear their shouts and laughter clear across the factory. If he went with them.” Thomas said.” Jack said. and the rest followed him. In the moonlight. Jack patted him on the back. saying they would get into trouble. the other boys were already there. A guard drives by once or twice a night.” he said.” Then Thomas called his father. “What about night watchmen?” one of the boys asked. “We’re going to the factory Saturday night. Jack. But somehow. He liked to climb. “Wussies. Suddenly. I think it’s broken!” “We have to get it off of him.Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Character Comparisons. Jack’s parents were out of town.” he said. he could see the gang of boys looking at someone on the ground. There wasn’t much he was afraid of. except maybe being called a wimp.” Thomas said. As soon as it got dark they packed some climbing ropes into a pack. but he just stops in the parking lot and looks around. a big pile of rusting machinery and broken down buildings. “There aren’t any. “Dad. playing computer games and running around. “I’m out of here. even if it was a derelict factory.
Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Comparison Charts Use the charts to compare Rosa and Thomas.com . Rosa Is Rosa new in town? Thomas Is Thomas new in town? Does Rosa want to be popular? Does Thomas want to be popular? Does Rosa discuss her situation with her parents? Does Thomas discuss his situation with his parents? Does Rosa succumb to peer pressure? Does Thomas succumb to peer pressure? Does Rosa do something brave? Does Thomas do something brave? What consequences will Rosa face for her decision? What consequences will Thomas face for his decision? Would she make a good friend? Why? Would he make a good friend? Why? ©2008abcteach.
Rosa Are the other children friendly to Rosa? Thomas Are the other children friendly to Thomas? Do the other children behave responsibly? Do the other children behave responsibly? Do you approve of the behavior of the other children? Do you approve of the behavior of the other children? Which of the children in the story would you like to have as a friend? Which of the children in the story would you like to have as a friend? Does Rosa change her opinion of her friends? Does Thomas change his opinion of his friends? Do you think Rosa’s parents have taught her to be brave? Do you think Thomas’ parents have taught him to be brave? ©2008abcteach.com .Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Now compare the other people in the story.
Friends Rosa ___________________________________________________ her friends. Courage Rosa shows courage by __________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Thomas shows courage by ________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Short Writing Use what you have read to write a short paragraph on how Rosa or Thomas (or both) is (or fails to be) brave. Responsibility For Rosa.com . Thomas _________________________________________________ his friends. Desiring popularity Rosa ________________________________________________________________ Thomas ______________________________________________________________ 2. Fill in the blanks with your information. 1. responsibility for his actions is __________________________________ 4. 3. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ©2008abcteach. Relationship with parents Rosa _________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Thomas _______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ 5.Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Comparison Outline Use the information from your charts to write a compare/contrast response using this outline. responsibility for her actions is ____________________________________ For Thomas.
she defends Peg and befriends her. Thomas: Yes. Thomas: He might get in trouble for entering the old factory. he doesn’t abandon a friend in a time of need. but he will have self-respect. No – Thomas succumbed to peer pressure. What consequences will they face for their actions? Rosa: She might lose her other friends. Do the other children behave responsibly? Rosa: No. Thomas: Yes. he cares for Jack when he gets hurt. Peg Thomas: Answers may vary. and she will have self-respect. ©2008abcteach. she is brave and considerate of others. Most likely: Thomas. Jack. Thomas: No. but she will have Peg as a friend. they vandalize. they are cruel to Peg. Most likely: Rosa. Do they change their opinion of their friends? Rosa: Yes. They include him in their gang. but they pressure him to do something dangerous. they break and enter. and then they run away when there is an accident. probably Thomas: May vary. Thomas: Somewhat. Do you think their parents taught them to be brave? Rosa: Yes. Thomas: Yes. Do they succumb to peer pressure? Rosa: No Thomas: Yes Do they do something brave? Rosa: Yes. and probably the respect of his friends.com . Are the other children friendly to them? Rosa: Yes. Do you approve of the behavior of the other children? Rosa: No Thomas: No Which of the children in the story would you like to have as a friend? Rosa: Answers may vary. at least Jack.Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Answer Key Are they new in town? Rosa: Yes Thomas: Yes Do they want to be popular? Rosa: Yes Thomas: Yes Do they discuss their situation with their parents? Rosa: Yes Thomas: No. and they run away when there is an accident. Would they make a good friend? Rosa: Yes. Yes – He stuck by Jack.
Responsibility For Rosa.Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Outline 1. He shows a lack of bravery a second time by not being open with his parents about the fact that Jim's parents would not be home when he spent the night at Jim's house. Thomas finally shows bravery. At first. Desiring popularity Rosa wants to be popular. and second by confessing to his father what he had done. Friends Rosa defends her friends. responsibility for his actions is something he ultimately learns. 2. At the end of the story. For Rosa. responsibility for her actions is a high priority. even though she knows she risks losing her popular friends. For Thomas. and for Peg. Thomas does not show bravery. doing the right thing is more important than being popular. Relationship with parents Rosa discusses her problems with her mother. 4. Thomas goes along with and is loyal to his friends. 5. ©2008abcteach. but not at all costs. and she shows bravery by standing up for her principles. even though it means he might get into trouble. Thomas initially lies to his parents but then confesses. Thomas wants to be popular. One possibility is: Rosa is new in school and wants to be popular. In fact. Courage Rosa shows courage by standing up to peer pressure and defending Peg. 3. however. Rosa shows bravery by deciding to do what she knows is right – defend Peg from bullying – despite peer pressure to bully Meg. first by helping Jim after the other boys run away. He confuses risk-taking and doing dangerous things (climbing around the abandoned factory) with bravery. he shows a lack of bravery by succumbing to peer pressure to go to the factory with his friends.com . Thomas shows courage by staying with his friend and getting him to a hospital. Short Writing Answers will vary.