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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 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.
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.
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, 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.
Third graders compare and contrast two things. In this comparing activity, 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 instructional activity, 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.
What's the best resource to use when looking up words? Use Visual Thesaurus to see a word's meaning. The class accesses the interactive website and then compares and contrasts the difference between using a traditional dictionary and the Visual Thesaurus. They compare and contrast the process for using each resource and create an informational word poster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did your class read Louis Sachar's Newbery Medal-winning book Holes? Compare and contrast the film version with the novel. After reading a brief passage from the book, watch the film adaptation of the scene. Learners pay attention to and analyze the differences in both versions. Additionally, they make suggestions for improving the scene. This lesson could be a useful way to study the adaptation of a novel to film (This version stays loyal to its source material.) as well as an opportunity to evaluate the choices of the filmmakers.
Students read the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. In groups, they identify the instances of similes, metaphors and personification. They use the Internet to compare and contrast the events in the play with historical facts. To end the lesson, they hold a mock trial to examine Brutus' innocence or guilt.
Here is a fine unit of lessons which compare and contrast the culture during the time period of the classic book, Little Women to present day. Topics covered are the family, politics, morality, fashion, transportation, cities, historical events, and much more. Fifth graders take a close look at the many ways the war affected one particular family: the March family. This 22-page plan contains worksheets, quizzes, activities, rubrics, and explicit instructions on how to implement the lessons. Very good!
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.
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.
Young scholars compare and contrast religious beliefs about what happens after death. In this Buddhism and Christianity lesson, view religious images and describe at least three details from each. Students compare and contrast reincarnation and resurrection in a Venn Diagram and discuss their effect on the daily lives of believers.