Comparing Two Stories: Bravery

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.”


“Good man. His leg is stuck. he heard a crash and someone yelling. Suddenly. “Maybe we will. He ran across the .Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Character Comparisons. except maybe being called a wimp. playing computer games and running around. saying they would get into trouble. He disappeared into the shadows.” one said. “Dad. together with some cans of spray paint. He used a steel rod to lever the machine off Jack’s leg. Thomas knew what “out” meant.” Jack said. Story 2 “How brave are you. breaking and entering wasn’t his idea of fun. He doesn’t even get out of his truck. If he declined. It wasn’t hard to keep track of the others: he could hear their shouts and laughter clear across the factory. he would be branded as a wimp. Saturday came. “There aren’t any. Jack’s parents were out of town. Thomas?” asked Jack. he could see the gang of boys looking at someone on the ground. and walked through a big field alongside the freeway until they got to the rear of the factory. There wasn’t much he was afraid of. And some cans of paint and write our names up on the roof. “We’re going to the factory Saturday night. Are you in or are you out?” Jack said. “This machine tipped over on top of Jack. Jack patted him on the back. “What about night watchmen?” one of the boys asked. and Thomas got permission to spend the night at Jack’s house. Thomas was an athletic boy. where Thomas called an ambulance. He was shocked to see the boy on the ground was Jack.” Then Thomas called his father.” he said.” Thomas said. he would be one of them.” Thomas said. Thomas wandered away from the rest of the boys and spent an hour exploring the factory. Jack protested. The other boys looked frightened.” he said.” he said. and then helped Jack hobble to the street. but he just stops in the parking lot and looks around. “I’m out of here. but Thomas didn’t tell that to his parents. “Are you brave? Are you chicken?” Thomas sensed that Jack and his friends had something dangerous planned. When he got to Jack’s house. the other boys were already there. He was new in town. It had been closed for at least ten years. But the boys had other ideas. The boys crowded through a hole in the chain-link fence and trotted in the dark through twisted machines and piles of debris.” “Then what are we waiting for?” said Thomas. But somehow.” he said. Jack shook his head. “I’m in. I think it’s broken!” “We have to get it off of him. “but you have to go to the hospital. a big pile of rusting machinery and broken down buildings. If he went with them. Jack. As soon as it got dark they packed some climbing ropes into a pack. even if it was a derelict factory. “What happened?” Thomas said. In the moonlight. “We’re going to take some ropes with us and do a little climbing. “Wussies. “I’ll get you out of here. “I have something to confess…” ©2008abcteach.” Thomas said. and the rest followed him. He liked to climb. He nodded. A guard drives by once or twice a night.

Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Comparison Charts Use the charts to compare Rosa and Thomas. 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? © .

Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Now compare the other people in the . 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.

responsibility for his actions is __________________________________ . Desiring popularity Rosa ________________________________________________________________ Thomas ______________________________________________________________ 2. Friends Rosa ___________________________________________________ her friends.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 Rosa. Fill in the blanks with your information. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ©2008abcteach. 1. 3. 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. Thomas _________________________________________________ his friends. Relationship with parents Rosa _________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Thomas _______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ 5. responsibility for her actions is ____________________________________ For Thomas.

Jack. What consequences will they face for their actions? Rosa: She might lose her other friends. they are cruel to Peg. she is brave and considerate of others. and they run away when there is an accident. They include him in their gang. but she will have Peg as a friend. and probably the respect of his friends. No – Thomas succumbed to peer . Yes – He stuck by Jack. but he will have self-respect. Thomas: Somewhat. she defends Peg and befriends her. Do you think their parents taught them to be brave? Rosa: Yes. he doesn’t abandon a friend in a time of need. and she will have self-respect. they break and enter. Thomas: 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. Thomas: Yes. and then they run away when there is an accident. Peg Thomas: Answers may vary. he cares for Jack when he gets hurt. Do the other children behave responsibly? Rosa: No. Most likely: Thomas. probably Thomas: May vary. Would they make a good friend? Rosa: Yes.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. Most likely: Rosa. ©2008abcteach. but they pressure him to do something dangerous. Thomas: Yes. at least Jack. Do they succumb to peer pressure? Rosa: No Thomas: Yes Do they do something brave? Rosa: Yes. Thomas: He might get in trouble for entering the old factory. Do they change their opinion of their friends? Rosa: Yes. they vandalize. Thomas: No. Are the other children friendly to them? Rosa: Yes.

Desiring popularity Rosa wants to be popular. Short Writing Answers will vary. even though it means he might get into trouble. Thomas goes along with and is loyal to his friends. At first. Thomas shows courage by staying with his friend and getting him to a hospital. Thomas finally shows bravery. For Thomas. Thomas initially lies to his parents but then . and second by confessing to his father what he had done. At the end of the story. Thomas wants to be popular. Thomas does not show bravery. even though she knows she risks losing her popular friends. One possibility is: Rosa is new in school and wants to be popular. Responsibility For Rosa. 5. Friends Rosa defends her friends. 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. Rosa shows bravery by deciding to do what she knows is right – defend Peg from bullying – despite peer pressure to bully Meg. ©2008abcteach. however. and for Peg. He confuses risk-taking and doing dangerous things (climbing around the abandoned factory) with bravery. responsibility for her actions is a high priority. 2. 4. first by helping Jim after the other boys run away. and she shows bravery by standing up for her principles. In fact. Courage Rosa shows courage by standing up to peer pressure and defending Peg. but not at all costs. Relationship with parents Rosa discusses her problems with her mother. doing the right thing is more important than being popular. 3. responsibility for his actions is something he ultimately learns. he shows a lack of bravery by succumbing to peer pressure to go to the factory with his friends. For Rosa.Comparing Two Stories: Bravery Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Outline 1.

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