It is difficult to understand that "common characteristic" does not necessarily mean "similarities" in a text. The table below will help you understand how a common characteristic can be both similar AND/OR different between two texts. First, you will find links to the two texts we have examined in class. After you are familiar with these texts, examine the chart to help you better understand how these terms work together when we are dealing with literary and informational texts.
Remember, you need to practice identifying the CHARACTERISTICS you are examining before you provide the information that makes them SIMILAR or DIFFERENT.