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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.
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.
Second graders read and compare two versions of Cinderella. In this compare and contrast lesson, 2nd graders use a Venn Diagram to record comparisons between Cinder Edna and Cinderella. Students write a paragraph using those similarities and differences. 
Students read the passage titled Moving to a New Town and circle key words that show compare and contrast. In this compare and contrast lesson plan, students also fill out similarities and differences in a T chart.
Third graders compare and contrast. For this compare and contrast lesson students find similarities and differences between two characters from a fiction book. Students use a graphic organizer.
Practice writing compare and contrast essays in your class by starting out with a Venn diagram. A sample that can be expanded upon is provided here. After your writers have completed the guided practice, have them write individual essays on more complex topics. The idea listed in the lesson relates to an earlier lesson on the same site. Materials are included, but can only be viewed by signing in. An account is free.
Compare and contrast while challenging your class with this higher-level thinking and reading comprehension lesson. 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 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 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.
Twelfth graders compare and contrast information from stories.  In this similarities and differences instructional activity, 12th graders read about Milton Hershey and Forrest S. Mars to learn about the lives of the two men.  Students complete a graphic organizer to demonstrate understanding. 
Third graders compare and contrast two things. In this comparing lesson, 3rd graders see vocabulary words used when comparing or contrasting two items. They read the story Alligators and Crocodiles by Trudi Strain Trueit and write a paragraph comparing the two using their new vocabulary. 
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.
Learners compare and contrast two explorations of Yellowstone National Park.  In this essay writing lesson, students compose essays using information from a variety of sources.  Learners 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.
Through analyzing two Renaissance works of art, have your class describe elements and principles, subject matter, history and medium. They use a compare and contrast strategy to interpret the meaning of the works of art. This is a motivating way to explore these topics.
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.

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