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Take a trip down Pearblossom Highway with this lesson about comparing and contrasting. Using David Hockney's Pearblossom Hwy and another image of the same highway (photograph or other image), students compare and contrast the two artworks showing the same image. They write a descriptive composition based on the images, recognize one-point perspective in artwork, then apply this perspective in a drawing they create. This lesson includes additional extension activities.
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.
The last lesson plan 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 plan. They should complete this Venn Diagram individually, then share with a partner and finally with the whole class.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students read the 5 words in a list and write "duck" on the line if the word refers to a duck, "duckling" if it refers to a duckling, and "both" if it tells about both.
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.
Third graders compare and contrast. In 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.
Work with your class to fill out this Venn diagram. Pupils can compare and contrast any two things and then write a short paragraph about the relationship demonstrated in their diagram.
Fifth graders review vocabulary words that they have previously learned and practice reading strategies that build their comprehension. In this reading strategies lesson, 5th graders read material regarding the Summer Olympics and complete a Venn Diagram where they compare and contrast related information. Students then build background knowledge by answering specific questions and by making predictions.
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.
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.
Fourth graders read, "Beat the Story Drum," and compare and contrast two of the characters using a Venn Diagram.
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.
Children's picture books are a great resource for identifying and modeling components of narrative writing. Your class uses descriptive language to illuminate and analyze characters. Similarly, they compare and contrast texts, plots, settings, themes and characters. This resource is packed with extension ideas.
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.
Fifth graders develop skills for comparing themselves to another person. They complete a Venn diagram to compare two items. Additionally, pupils discuss their Venn diagram where they compared themselves to another person including 5 differences and 5 similarities.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast political visions. In this early American history activity, 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.
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.
Young readers go through a brief passage about a brother and a sister to practice comparing and contrasting. After they read the story, they respond to five multiple choice questions that require them to compare and contrast and analyze text structure. A home activity can extend your literacy lesson.
Learners respond to the text Riding Freedom. They will compare and contrast two settings by filling in a graphic organizer. They explore different settings, discuss the reasons why settings change, and draw conclusions using descriptive words. Attached are two worksheets. Note: This lesson contains a great approach for teaching the vocabulary term scrawny.