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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 lesson 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 lesson 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 write an essay comparing and contrasting two like items. For 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.
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.
Introduce your class to the concept of comparing and contrasting with this lesson. After modeling a Venn diagram, help your students 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 lesson, 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!
Would you rather touch an amphibian or a reptile? Challenge your young zoologists' comparing and contrasting skills with this lesson, 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.
Seventh graders compare and contrast the leadership of George Washington and Cincinnatus. In this historical perspectives activity, 7th graders research the noted Web sites to answer questions about the 2 men.
Young scholars compare and contrast democracies around the world after reading a New York Times article. They create posters and participate in a "democracy roundtable" in which they discuss two democracies.
Learners compare and contrast communities.They explore factors that influence how people live, the roles of adults and children, and the interaction of people who live and work within a community. The lesson focuses on the country of Cape Verde.
Fourth graders make a mask of who they are as an individual after studying the Hopi Indians. In this Hopi Indians lesson plan, 4th graders compare and contrast the Hopi life with theirs, make predictions, and learn about culture.
Fourth graders read and look at maps of the Hopi Indians and compare and contrast their lives with the Hopi Indians. In this Hopi Indians lesson plan, 4th graders learn about different cultures and answer short answer questions.
Students compare and contrast trade routes. In this trade route lesson, students explore the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe trail. Students compare and contrast the purposes for these trails.
Students practice the skill of comparing and contrasting.  In this historical literature lesson, students compare and contrast elements of London's culture in the 1500s to that of the present day.  Students use the Mark Twain novel The Prince and the Pauper as a guide to understanding 1500s London culture.  Students demonstrate their findings using one of a variety of creative methods.
Using informational text to make cross cultural comparisons is a great way to build a global understanding and comparative analysis skills. With several handy worksheets and a Venn diagram the class will read to make cross textual comparisons about specific topics related to all cultures. They'll read several texts and make comparisons about religion, food, and society. 
Kids compare and contrast knowledge of the Vietnam War. They consider what they know and how their knowledge has changed after listening to oral histories from the war. They compare the understanding of the war from the perspective of stakeholders involved. 
First graders compare and contrast two different type of animals while also making predictions, observations, and asking provocative questioning. In this compare and contrast lesson, 1st graders acquire knowledge about why some animals are able to live and survive in certain environments while others are not.
Revolutions are an interesting and informative way to study world history.
After reading Elie Wiesel's Night, watching the movie Life is Beautiful, and researching World War II, class members write a comparison essay on the book and film. This includes a prior knowledge activity, discussion in whole and small group, graphic organizers, a multi-step writing process, accommodations/adaptations, assessment ideas, and more. A solid resource.

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