Compare and Contrast Historical Events Teacher Resources
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Two great men, one time period, and one purpose; it sounds like a movie trailer, but it's not. It's a very good comparative analysis instructional activity focused on Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Learners will research and read informational text to find out how different and how similar these two leaders were. Research is conducted in pairs, through the reading of historical and biographical texts, note taking, and discussion are then synthesized through the use of a compare and contrast chart. An essay is the final product on a instructional activity that would be perfect to use for Black History Month, President's Day, or when studying the great men of the nineteenth century.
Do your scholars understand compare and contrast? Introduce the concept using this interactive Venn Diagram. Learners engage with you as you point out things in the class that are the same and different. Personalize it by comparing students themselves based on shirt color, seats, etc. They examine two pictures and help you fill out a Venn Diagram. Then they practice with partners comparing themselves to a classmate. The diagram and both pictures are included.
Students compare and contrast information on the declining population of pandas by looking at 3 different sources: one handout and two videos. Students generate ideas for why pandas are declining and fill out a compare/contrast chart of the information students collected from each source, noting contradictory information. Students write a paragraph using their chart to conclude why the panda population is declining.
Students write an essay comparing and contrasting two like items. In this informative writing lesson, students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast a cracker and an Oreo cookie. Students write an informative five paragraph essay on the similarities and differences of the two items.
Though it occurred almost 40 years later, could the United States have been fighting for their independence again in the War of 1812? Using appropriate primary source material from each of the two wars, compare and contrast the situation that American citizens found themselves in, making connections and drawing parallels through inquiry and discussion.
Students research Brazil's history and note the changes that take place over time in Brazil's history. They analyze reasons for changes in Brazil's history and compare and contrast Brazil's history with that of the United States in cooperative groups.
Who were Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton? High schoolers examine the character traits of these historical figures and watch the video, The Duel. Hamilton vs. Burr: An Event that Changed History (available from PBS), to gain an understanding of the relationship between the two. Learners complete their investigation by crafting an essay in which they compare and contrast Burr and Hamilton. Modification: You may be able to use another media source in place of the video.
Before one can understand the military tactics practiced throughout history, he needs to become familiarized with tactics practiced in the ancient past. Learners take a critical look at the military logistics used by Alexander the Great as he conquered Asia Minor and India, and how Scipio Africanus took New Carthage from Hannibal. The instructional activity culminates with a research paper or presentation and a self -assessment activity. Th instructional activity has excellent resources, is well written, and builds a solid foundation for later learning.
Students compare and contrast cookies. For this compare and contrast lesson, students complete a graphic organizer and identify the similarities and differences in Girl Scout Cookies. Students write an analysis.
Students study the significance and contributions of the classical civilizations of Phoenicia, Greece, Rome and Axum. In this classical civilizations lesson, students research and evaluate selected sources. Students then work in groups and choose a favorite work of art to research. Students use a rubric and present their findings to the class. Students then compare and contrast the virtual world exploration with other research strategies.
Introduce your class to the concept of comparing and contrasting with this lesson. After modeling a Venn diagram, help your young scholars find the similarities and differences between two pictures. They can then work on their own Venn diagrams to reinforce their new skill. All necessary worksheets and pictures are included.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast political visions. In this early American history instructional activity, 11th graders research the political stances of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Students then compose compare and contrast essays about the views of Burr and Hamilton.
Elucidate the difference between comparison and contrast writing. Brief and clear definitions with paragraph examples highlight key terms and vocabulary used to indicate similarities or differences. Have writers pick two objects and get to comparing or contrasting!
Combine your pupils' love of music with their growing knowledge of poetry! First, have them bring in their favorite songs for a discussion on word choice and literary devices. Then, use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the qualities of poems and songs. A worksheet with various song lyrics and poems prompts them to brainstorm the differences between the two. A Six-Trait Writing activity guides them through writing their own original poems.
Would you rather touch an amphibian or a reptile? Challenge your young zoologists' comparing and contrasting skills with this activity, in which they review classifications of other animals before filling out worksheets on reptiles and amphibians. They then play a game with dice before writing a journal entry on everything they know about reptiles and amphibians.
The big question: How did Russo-Japanese War imagery and the press influence Japanese perception of the war? Learners consider this big question as they compare and contrast various artistic media from the period. The lesson is discussion-based and employs wood block images and streaming video of the Russo-Japanese War as the basis of comparative analysis. Streaming video and image links are included.
Students research the mythological and factual founding of early Japan. They compare and contrast the two accounts. As an assessment activity, they fill out a chart that compares and contrasts the facts and myths surrounding Japanese history.
What's the best resource to use when looking up words? Use Visual Thesaurus to see a word's meaning. The class accesses the interactive website and then compares and contrasts the difference between using a traditional dictionary and the Visual Thesaurus. They compare and contrast the process for using each resource and create an informational word poster.
Whales and people have had a long and sodid history. To understand the impact that biological populations have had on each other, learners conduct research on specific topics related to the whale industry. They use their findings to create Glogs, which are interactive posters that include text, animation, and illustration. Discussion, active research, and application, makes for a good instructional activity!
Students brainstorm, analyze, compare and contrast, and illustrate accomplishments of pioneers of the west. Students identify and interpret the Pacific Northwest pioneers. Students present their final projects to the class , including illustrations.