Compare and Contrast with Amos and Boris

Amos and Boris by William Steig (Amazon link) has been a long term favorite read of mine and now ranks high on Sam's go-to list. Over the years, I've read it with children as young as kindergarten and as high as third grade - and there is always a mountain of post-read discussion and learning possibilities.

The story tells of a small and adventurous mouse named Amos who develops a friendship with Boris, a huge whale. Amos the mouse becomes lost at sea and Boris saves his life. They learn from one another, and their special friendship helps them see things they would never have noticed on their own.

Some tips for reading this text in the classroom

  • It is a fairly lengthy read. Some young learners may need to have it read over a few different sessions with a break in between.
  • Keep a chart paper and marker handy - there are some delightfully different words used. As you read, jot them down to come back to and discuss. Phosphorescent, luminous, mackerel, and frazzle and some of my favorites. 

After reading Amos and Boris

This text provides a great opportunity for students to work on their ability to compare and contrast.

When students compare and contrast while reading they are engaging in critical thinking. 
  • Comparing involves looking at similarities (and sometimes difference). 
  • Contrasting focuses only on differences.

I made you some fun posters to introduce compare/contrast with your students, using this book. Give some examples using experiences, situations, texts or people familiar to your students. 

After a second read, have your students suggest ways that Amos and Boris are similar. Also have them describe ways they are different. Record them on the worksheet.

Find our free printable in google drive - Compare and Contrast Posters and Worksheet

We hope you love this book as much as we do!