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Compare and Contrast

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6th grade

What grade is Miguel in?

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He was in an elementary school.

Where was Miguel last year?

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He has always been in the middle of a large circle of friends.

What is a painful change for Miguel?

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Jake uses pizza slices.

How does Jake explain fractions?

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One is great at math, one is not.

How are Jake and Miguel different?

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His large circle of friends.

Who does Miguel miss?

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He sits in the front row.

Where does Miguel sit in middle school?

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The teachers, especially in math, give tons of homework.

What is the problem with his homework?

or

How is elementary homework different from middle-school homework?

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Miguel was stunned or surprised.

How did he feel when Jake said he would help him with his math?

200

In elementary school he was in the middle of a big circle of friends.

How is middle school different from elementary?

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Miguel is a middle child, has always been in the middle of a circle of friends and is starting middle school.

Why is the title "Miguel in the Middle"?

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He has more homework than in elementary school.

How much homework does Miguel have?

or

What is another big change for Miguel?

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He now sits in the front row.

What is a change that Miguel does not like?

300

Jake and his teacher were surprised.

Who was surprised that he raised his hand in math class?

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He has tons of homework, especially in math.

How is middle school different from elementary?

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He is a genius at math.

Who is Jake?

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This happened by the end of math class.

When did Jake and Miguel become friends?

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He disdains math and is confused by the work.

How does Miguel feel about math?

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Miguel has a different perspective.

How does Miguel feel about math now?

400

He sits in the front row and not in the middle of the classroom.

How is middle school different from elementary?

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They will hang out together and might go to the Math Museum downtown.

What will Miguel and Jake do during winter break?

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Miguel has plans for winter break.

He now has a new circle of friends.

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He asks Jake for help in math.

Who does Miguel ask for help in math?

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Jake and Miguel both got the answer right.

Who answered the brainteaser correctly?

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At the beginning he is not happy but at the end, he is!

How does Miguel change from the beginning to the end of the story?

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