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How similar or different can siblings be? After listening to the book Sisters by David McPhail, fourth graders compare and contrast the two main characters with a Venn diagram. They then fill out a comparing and contrasting worksheet to reinforce the skills from the instructional activity.
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.
The last instructional activity in a series of three lessons, this plan is designed to have young readers further explore fiction and nonfiction books. They will compare and contrast the characteristics of each genre using a Venn Diagram to organize the information they gathered from an activity in a pervious instructional activity. They should complete this Venn Diagram individually, then share with a partner and finally with the whole class.
Who is Mo Willems? Explore the author with your class. Learners read books written by Willems, compare and contrast the characters therein, and make predictions about what will happen. Finish off this author study by having small groups produce puppet shows based on the stories. Bring art into literature with this fun activity.
Use formatting to organize an explanatory essay after comparing and contrasting expository and narrative genres. Young writers explore expository writing by employing prewriting techniques and graphic organizers to plan an essay. This is especially helpful as you begin a unit on informative or explanatory writing structure.
Explore literature after reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Sixth and seventh graders compare and contrast the setting, motivation, theme, and characterization of each novel before analyzing them individually.
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.
Help your third graders reinforce their literacy and grammar skills with this resource, which incorporates four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Keeping Quilt," "Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope," "The Talking Cloth," and "Dancing Rainbows"). They practice comparing and contrasting, as well as noting details about characters, using possessive pronouns and comparative adjectives. The activity is differentiated into beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
Young learners listen to a read aloud of Gail Gibbons book, Apples and the story A Red House With No Windows and No Doors. They compare characteristics of a number of kinds of apples, graph them and create a apple print picture. Learners can compare and contrast the two stories after participating in a variety of activities with apples. They will share their observations about the apples and taste various types of apples.