The Prince and the Pauper

A passage from Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper provides readers with a chance to demonstrate their ability to select evidence that shows the contrasts between the setting of Tom's real life and that of his dream life.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The reading comprehension exercise can be used to model how author's use contrasting settings to reveal character, or as an assessment of these skills
Classroom Considerations

  • The exercise is designed to meet Common Core standards
Pros

  • The selected passage shows marked contrasts in settings
Cons

  • The activity assumes readers have experience drawing conclusions from contrasting details
Common Core