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Using a constructivist approach and a graphic organizer, small groups work together to begin a paper, comparing and contrasting the novella Night and the movie Life is Beautiful. Assuming that your learners have studied both of these works of art, these steps will assuredly make the process of writing easier.
Want to explore the process of writing a persuasive essay and tie it in with the upcoming elections? Class members use Venn diagrams and the hamburger model of persuasive writing to write a five-paragraph essay on elections and candidates. After they describe the candidate they believe should be elected, they participate in an election, and tally the results. Links and lesson components are included.
Learn about firefighters with this fun, interactive lesson from scholastic. As a warm-up, young learners brainstorm what they know about firefighters. Then they read the book Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons and complete the Scholastic Online Activity:Community Club — Firefighter Danita Thomas. Finally. learners practice their compare and contrast skills by comparing and contrasting the firefighters in these two stories and consolidate their learning by illustrating a
Positive character traits in literature are explored in this character development and literacy instructional activity. Learners listen to Cinderella by Charles Perrault and Little Gold Star by Robert D. San Souci, followed by a discussion comparing the positive traits of the characters. They complete a graphic organizer and compare and contrast these two versions of a familiar fairy tale.
Discuss the value of friendship with these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("When I Am Old with You," "The New Friend," "The Surprise Family"). ELD pupils can practice making predictions, compare and contrast characters, and note details with adverbs and adjectives. Three sets of vocabulary and sentences frames differentiate the lesson into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Young learners compare two stories about saving the Earth. They read and compare two texts: Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House and Bill Peet's Farewell to Shady Glade. They complete a graphic organizer, think about and answer a deep question, and write about the comparison.
Middle and high schoolers hone their writing skills by reading Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the poem Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out. They fill out a graphic organizer (included here), and use the organizer to write an expository paragraph. The instructional activity suggests using two previously read texts to model how to write the paragraph, but you could also have the class create a first draft, look at a few student samples on the overhead, and dedicate a day to editing and improving.
Elementary learners explore the difference between aged characters and young characters in literature. They use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast the attributes given to both younger and older characters in different pieces of literature. Then they write a story about an older friend and share it with the class.
Study proverbs by reading When Turtle Grew Feathers. After frontloading and reading the story, go through the reading comprehension questions listed. Drawing, poetry, vocabulary, and math activities are included to extend the activity across curricula. Practice story analysis with your young readers.