Compare & Contrast Characters Settings Events RL.5.3 – Reading Passages RL5.3


Compare & Contrast Characters, Settings, and Events

⭐️These 12 printable and digital plays and Lexile® leveled stories with question sets aligned to RL.5.3 are perfect for teaching, developing, or reinforcing plot and compare & contrast characters, setting, and events skills. Google slides version is perfect for Google Classroom integration and distance learning. Fifth-grade students learn to compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama in one story or drama.


⭐️If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for teaching RL.5.3 compare and contrast skills. Aligns with many state-specific standards, including TEKS and VA SOL.


⭐️Includes standard based questions, anchor charts, and two skills-focused test passages. Certified Lexile measured close reading comprehension texts are varied within the fifth-grade bands.


⭐️The printable PDF and digital versions are both included with this product for classroom and distance learning needs. The digital version is compatible with Google Drive and Google Slides and can be downloaded from Google Slides into PowerPoint.



✏️Lexile Levels – All 6 stories include a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 5th grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for fourth and fifth grade is 740L-1010L).


✏️Integrated Color Coding – The color-coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.


✏️Comprehensive – Passages are perfect for comprehensive standard-based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.


✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard-based essay and multiple-choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.


✏️Highly Engaging – Contains original and adapted stories, plays, and poems with high-quality photographs and original Illustrations. Designed to engage students of all levels and interests.


Teachers Just ❤️LOVE❤️ This Resource:

★ Aimee S. said, “Love your products! Makes my life so much easier when planning for initial instruction or small group instruction! Thank you so much!

★ Laura H. said, “These passages actually helped me teach and assess the standard to compare and contrast story elements! I used the passages for both practice and as a post assessment for the unit! My students love color coding their evidence! I love the mix of both multiple choice questions and open-ended responses! 

★ Ebony B. said, “Awesome resource! Really helped me teach this standard correctly!


What’s Included:

1. Anchor Chart/Journal Pages for Characters, Setting, & Events

2. Practice Stories & Question Sets

  • Let’s Play Lava- 740L
  • A Perfect Snow Day- 740L
  • Willow and the Powerful Book- 830L
  • The Vikings Are Coming- 940L
  • The Organized Pixie- 970L

3. Practice Dramas & Question Sets

  • Olivia and the New Tutor
  • The Wicked Warlock of the West
  • The School Project
  • The Sky Dance Festival
  • Phone Calls from Outer Space

3. Test Passages & Question Sets

  • The Housewarming Ceremony- 820L
  • The Birthday Party (Play)


*Please note, that some of these passages and question sets are similar to my RL.4.3 unit.


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Skill Pack Bundle:

This resource is available in a Skill Pack Bundle that contains six different resources focused on this specific reading skill – including lesson plans, digital mini-lessons, guided readers, task cards, and Boom Cards.

Skill Pack: Compare Story Elements – 5th Grade RL.5.3

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