This PDF file is a graphic organize for students to use with the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012) selection "Off and Running" from Journeys: fifth grade, lesson 1.3. The printable guides students in comparing the characters Rudy and Miata. Students are asked to quote from the text to support their answers - a skill required on the Smarter Balance Test. Theme is also addressed, and a differentiated version is included for students who need more support. This product can be used in large or small groups, or individually.
My students score better on comprehension assessments if they use a graphic organizer while reading. I have organizers and other supplemental materials available for most of the fifth grade Journeys stories.