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Ninth graders analyze two poems: "The Ex-Basketball Player" and "To an Ahtlete Dying Young" to compare and contrast. They identify several examples of personification, alliteration and simile and write an essay comparing and contrasting the two.
Practice the skill of compare and contrast. First, show learners the different pairs of artwork in the project packet (included). Then, each learner chooses one of the pairs and finds the similarities and differences between the pictures. The lesson ends with each learner preparing a one-page paper.
Students compare and contrast books using a Venn diagram. They listen to a read aloud of Eugene Trivizas' book, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, before comparing and contrasting it with the story of the Three Little Pigs. They examine how to use the center of a Venn diagram for comparing and the other parts for contrasting.
Students 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.
Teacher guides are wonderful tools with tons of ideas that help you relate content in many different ways. Using the high-interest book, Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark, learners will hone their discussion and reading comprehension skills. Included are vocabulary and comprehension worksheets as well as several wonderful teaching ideas and discussion questions related to the text. Teaching strategies include, compare and contrast, paired reading, critical thinking, and ways to connect text to four other subject areas. Note: I read this book with my first graders and they loved it!
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.
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.
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.
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Are you looking for a moving lesson on animal migration for kids? This one will get you there! It includes class discussion, several high-quality video clips, a printable note-taking table, and a Venn diagram for comparing and contrasting two different migratory species. Animals that are highlighted include Monarch butterflies, wildebeests, the sperm whale, and the red crab.
Fifth graders review vocabulary words that they have previously learned and practice reading strategies that build their comprehension. In this reading strategies lesson plan, 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.
Students discover how coffee is processed from a plant, to a drink. In this life cycle lesson, students study that cells and organisms go through a cycle of growth and change. Students organize picture cards, illustrate how coffee is grown, compare and contrast differences in how coffee is grown and discuss how coffee gets to the grocery store.
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.
Fourth graders read, "Beat the Story Drum," and compare and contrast two of the characters using a Venn Diagram.
Students read and discuss The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart. In this poetry lesson, students construct a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two pieces of literature.
The big idea for this lesson is that the past enriches our present and future. Learners explore the origin of the Olympic Games and how one man took an event from the past and reinvented it for modern times. They compare and contrast the ancient Olympic Games to modern Olympic Games and role-play as a committee looking to change the Games as they are now.
Where did our beloved Summer Games originate? Kids look for the origins of the Summer Olympics in our ancient past. They research how the Games came to be and how they have changed. They'll complete Venn diagrams to compare and contrast the Summer Games from then to now. The lesson culminates in an essay and timeline project.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast text and video forms of the same short story. In this literary work lesson, 11th graders watch a contemporary film clip and complete analysis for it. Students read a short story, complete a related graphic organizer, and watch a film rendition of the same story. Students compare and contrast the elements of the film and text versions. Students answer essay questions as assessment.
Tenth graders compare and contrast text and video forms of the same short story. Utilizing graphic organizers, discussion questions and cooperative learning, 10th graders address both the content and form of the literary work.