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Comparing and Contrasting-Explorers of Yesterday and Today
Students compare and contrast two explorations of Yellowstone National Park. For 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.
Continued Close Reading of Waiting for the Biblioburro: Comparing and Contrasting the Children in Colombia, Appalachia, Chad, and Afghanistan
Focus on similarities and differences with a jigsaw activity that requires pupils to compare Waiting for the Biblioburro to other texts they have read. To prepare, class members first respond to text-dependent questions, moving on to fill out a graphic organizer in small groups, after they have discussed the answers to the questions. A strong continuation of this unit.
Using Venn Diagrams to Compare and Contrast
Second graders compare and contrast the weather around the country. They will use a weather website to record the weather in two places. Then they will record their findings on a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the weather of the two regions. Consider adding the story, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for interest!
Gathering Evidence and Drafting a Two-Voice Poem (Chapter 13: "Los Duraznos/Peaches")
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The instructional activity 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 Munoz 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.
End-Of-Unit 2 Assessment: On-Demand Analytical Essay About How Esperanza Changes Over Time
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.
Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 4: "Los Higos/Figs")
How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once group members have shared with their expert group and their own group of three, they compare and contrast the other characters to Esperanza. Class members must make inferences using author details and character behavior. During this well-sequenced lesson plan, learners will complete a quiz, participate in a jigsaw activity, create posters and charts, and write briefly for an exit ticket, and close with a discussion about human rights.
Was the War of 1812 Our Second War of Independence?
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.
Comparing and Contrasting Textual Details
Venn diagrams are a great way for kids to differentiate details in a story, article, or poem. After watching a five-minute video, have your middle schoolers practice comparing and contrasting details in a student-written poem. A great way to have learners read carefully and analyze what they are reading.
Compare and Contrast Two Settings in One Text
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.
Comprehension: Compare and Contrast Two Characters in One Text
Are you new to teaching 2nd grade and in need of an extensive fully scripted activity 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.
Comprehension: Compare and Contrast Topics in Two Texts
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.
The Frog Prince: Compare and Contrast
Fourth graders examine fairy tales. In this compare and contrast lesson, 4th graders read various fairy tales to determine what is alike and different about the stories.
Comparing and Contrasting Fiction and Nonfiction
Second graders analyze differences between fiction and nonfiction texts. In this compare and contrast lesson, 2nd graders review texts, discuss similarities and differences, and complete a Venn Diagram.
Comparing and Contrasting Fiction and Nonfiction
The last lesson 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 lesson. They should complete this Venn Diagram individually, then share with a partner and finally with the whole class.
Venn Diagrams: Contrasts in Color
Compare and contrast two topics with your class. They will pick a topic of their choosing, create color-coded Venn diagram to visually organize their information, share diagrams with classmates, and write well-organized essay on similarities and differences in two chosen topics. Modifications can be made for younger learners.
Using Venn Diagrams To Compare And Contrast
Students discover how to use a graphic organizer (Venn diagram) to visualize likeness and differences between two things. They use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast weather in two places and see how to organize data they collect
Hamilton and Burr : Compare and Contrast
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.
Comparing and Contrasting Little Red Riding Hood Stories
Third graders compare and contrast two versions of Little Red Riding Hood. In this language arts/literature lesson, 3rd graders determine how to label the circles of a Venn Diagram. Additionally, students begin to discuss details for each circle. Students record answers. Students continue to work independently.
Comparing and Contrasting American Literature
Eighth graders read many types of literature from American authors. Using the text, they use a graphic organizer to organize events into order. They compare and contrast the pieces they have read and identify the main ideas. They also compare and contrast the conflict and theme of the readings and participate in class discussions.
Compare and Contrast: Miss Nelson is Missing
Compare and contrast two characters from the book Miss Nelson is Missing. Using a Venn Diagram, have pupils compare and contrast personal characteristics between Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp. Individuals can then share their responses with the class in order to create a whole group diagram.