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First graders compare and contrast two different versions of the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs. They utilize a Venn diagram in order to document what is alike and different in the stories. The lesson includes an extensive activities list. 
Students compare two pieces of literature. In this literary comparisons activity, students read 2 books that they personally select and then compare and contrast the literary elements of each in a comparative essay.
Great for a reading intervention or remedial Language Arts class, this lesson uses two stories from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III ("Terri Jackson" and "Mary Lou" to reinforce note-taking skills, story elements, and comparing and contrasting. The activity is designed to be used with a SMART board, but you could use a blackboard or whiteboard in its place.
After reading The Country Mouse and The City Mouse, 4th graders go to the computer lab to learn how they can use the program Inspiration to help them organize information. They use a variety of graphic organizers to list how each of the two main characters in the story are similar and different. Students then share their organizers and discuss the ways in which information can be organized to make comparisons.  
In this compare and contrast learning exercise, students read a short story about two sisters. Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two characters. Students then compare and contrast two characters from their choice of stories.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students read the passage 'Pigs and Sheep' and answer the 5 compare and contrast questions.
Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer you're looking for on your next literary adventure!
Fifth graders analyze two settings. In this compare and contrast lesson students compare and contrast the settings in The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Students find and record similarities and differences of the two settings.
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.
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.
Learners read aloud and perform a simplified version of Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper. They watch a video version of the novel and then analyze, compare, and contrast characters. Each person also writes letters to a character from the point of view of another character and then creates a new ending to the play.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students read the passage 'Resolving Conflict' and answer the 5 compare and contrast questions.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students compare and contrast the jaybird and canary. Students write 2 sentences about the jaybird, one sentence of contrast, and two sentences about the canary.
Students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast  The Three Little Pigs and other fairytales. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students read  two books aloud discussing the setting, point of view, climax and resolution. In small groups students then fill out the Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the two tales.
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. 
Twelfth graders compare and contrast information from stories.  In this similarities and differences 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. 
What happens during a natural disaster? Science and language arts come together in this resource, which works from three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Earthquake Terror,"  "Eye of the Storm: Chasing Storms with Warren Faidley," and "Volcanoes"). ELD pupils will benefit from the differentiated vocabulary lists and sentence frames. The stories and provided questions help them practice sequencing events, expressing fact and opinion, and comparing and contrasting details.
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. 
Students compare and contrast democracies around the world after reading a New York Times article. They create posters and participate in a "democracy roundtable" in which they discuss two democracies.
Students explore author's voice. In this literary elements and reading comprehension lesson plan, students listen to two poems about snakes (included) and identify adjectives and other descriptive words and phrases that help them determine the "voice" of the text. Students compare and contrast several other poems focusing on identifying "voice." Students read two passages about swimming independently and complete a worksheet in which they compare and contrast the poets' "voice."

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