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Does your class know what an editorial is? Introduce the genre to them with this plan. First, the teacher models how to read an editorial and compare and contrast. Next, the class has a chance to analyze editorials written by their own classmates, organizing their ideas into Venn diagrams. Close with an individual assignment that tests the skills your class has learned from reading and comparing editorials together. Sign in to view materials.
Students read the passage titled Moving to a New Town and circle key words that show compare and contrast. For this compare and contrast lesson plan, students also fill out similarities and differences in a T chart.
Compare and contrast while challenging your class with this higher-level thinking and reading comprehension lesson plan. After observing the teacher model comparing and contrasting bats and birds, learners read passages about two towns. They then write several compare and contrast statements. This lesson plan has a nice progression of the "I do, we do, you do" model.
Combine two skills with the activities included here. Pupils not only practice determining the main idea of short passages, they also use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the main ideas of the different passages. Start out practicing these skills together, and end with independent practice. Materials are available when you sign in.
First and second graders explore character as a story element. They listen to the first part of the story First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and observe the teacher modeling a compare and contrast characters activity. Learners listen to the last part of the story, then complete a Venn diagram comparing themselves to the teacher character in the book.
Introduce your class to the concept of comparing and contrasting with this instructional activity. 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.
Third graders compare different lifestyles. In this settings lesson, 3rd graders read Colonial Life, determine similarities and differences between today and life in Colonial times and write a passage about these similarities and differences. Students read about the Amazon and compare and contrast Amazon life to life today.
One book, two main characters, and a Venn diagram; it's time to discuss similarities and differences in order to compare and contrast two characters from the same book. The class listens to the book Toot and Puddles as they complete a Venn diagram, showing how the characters are similar yet different. They then listen to Sheila Rae the Brave and compare Sheila Rae to her sister Louise.
Here are three lesson ideas to help students learn how to compare and contrast information in any content area
As a class, first graders use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the characters Toot and Puddle in the story Toot and Puddle. They then work on their own as they listen to the story Sheila Rae The Brave and use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Sheila and her sister Louise. A blank diagram and example diagram are included.
Students compare and contrast two explorations of Yellowstone National Park. In this essay writing lesson, students compose essays using information from a variety of sources. Students view a video about one explorer's experience at Yellowstone, and compare this to the online biography of another explorer. They use a Venn Diagram to chart similarities and differences. Students sort through information and use the most relevant details for their essays.
Teach your third graders to compare and contrast literary elements in two different works on related topics. A pre-assessment activity asks young readers to identify story elements such as character, setting, plot, and main idea. Pairs then record the similarities and differences between the two poems or stories on a Venn diagram. Instructional tips, differentiated instructional support, and extensions are included.
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 plan 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 plan that would be perfect to use for Black History Month, President's Day, or when studying the great men of the nineteenth century.
Help younger learners understand comparing and contrasting through the exploration of bears. They will complete an attribute chart for a black bear and the bear of their choice. Then they complete a Venn Diagram for the two bears with guided instruction from the teacher. Finally, they will write sentences using their Venn Diagram information. Organizers and resource recommendations are given.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast text and video forms of the same short story. In this literary work lesson, 11th graders watch a contemporary film clip and complete analysis for it. Students read a short story, complete a related graphic organizer, and watch a film rendition of the same story. Students compare and contrast the elements of the film and text versions. Students answer essay questions as assessment.
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The lesson provides information about this type of poetry as well as a video example made by eighth graders that you can show your class. After watching and listening, class members can refer to the included transcript as they compose their own two-voice poems comparing and contrasting two characters from the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Spend some time discussing text features and previous notes about the characters before sending pupils off with their graphic organizers to draft their poems with a partner or small group. Close by sharing golden lines from the poems.
Close the unit on Esperanza Rising with an in-class analytic essay on how Esperanza changes over the course of the novel. Writers can use any of their notes and work from the unit as well as their drafts of the first two paragraphs of the essay to aid them in composing the final product. They will write one completely new paragraph that targets their ability to compare and contrast. After writing, pupils complete a brief self-assessment. A fitting final product of this strong Common Core designed series of lessons.
Look for the signal words! Scholars get both instruction and practice comparing and contrasting. Although it is completely scripted, it can also serve as a detailed outline. Demonstrate this as you read a passage (included) and search for words signaling similarities or differences. Visualize using a Venn Diagram (there is a blank template here). Give learners practice through two more passages. There is a completed Venn Diagram for the middle passage, however consider simply projecting the blank template for all three passages. Adaptations and word cards are also included.
Are you new to teaching 2nd grade and in need of an extensive fully scripted lesson on comparing and contrasting characters in a text? This resource contains a reading passage, example and blank Venn Diagrams, and a fully teacher's script. Learners use the diagram to compare the similarities and differences found in a passage describing a pair of cousins.
A scripted lesson can be a big help for new teachers. This fully scripted three-day learning activity provides teachers with the means to demonstrate how to compare and contrast two topics in two texts. Learners will work as a class to use details from an informational text passage to compare and contrast the Earth to Mercury. Group work, discussion, summarizing, and a Venn Diagram are used to facilitate this skill.