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Interpreting Works of Art: The Compare and Contrast Method
Students practice observing and analyzing two works of art. They describe the elements and principles, subject matter, history and mediums of two works of art. Use a compare and contrast strategy to interpret the meaning of two works of art.
Comparing and Contrasting Two Poems
Ninth graders summarize, compare and contrast two poems, ""Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas and "Crossing the Bar" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. They write a 200 word essay which they take through the writing process.
Compare and Contrast Art
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.
Comparing and Contrasting Theme in Poetry
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.
Comparing and Contrasting
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.
Compare and Contrast the Philosophy of Buddhist Reincarnation with the Christian Belief of the Resurrection
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.
Comparison of Women Writers From the Republic of Korea and the United States of America
Students compare and contrast the literature of the Republic of Korea to that of the United States with an emphasis on women writers. In this women writers instructional activity, students complete a 30 page packet of analysis activities for women writers of Korea and the United States.
Weaving Picture Books into Narrative Writing
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.
I'm a Changed Pig
Introduce your class to fairy tales with this activity. After reading the fractured fairy tale, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," third, fourth, and fifth graders write a personal narrative as a response to the fairy tale. They compare and contrast the classic fairy tale with the fractured story, completing a graphic organizer to showcase their thoughts.
Seeing Words in a New Way
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.
Armadillo: Reporting on War
Point of view is everything, especially when reporting about the war in Afghanistan. Class members compare and contrast the same event from the war in Afghanistan as reported by five different sources. Learners are also asked to rank the reliability of various sources. Preview the powerful and thought-provoking materials before deciding whether or not to use with your class.
Whales, Whales, Whales!
The title says it all! Help your pupils learn all about whales. Class members research different species of whales and share the information via video conferences with kids from another school. They conduct research on a selected species of whale, create a computer slideshow to present to the other school, and complete a compare and contrast sheet while they are watching their partner's presentation.
The Long Road to Coffee
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.
Identifying High-Quality Sites
The Huffington Post article, “Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos Spread On Internet As Storm Barrels Toward Northeast" is used to launch a discussion of reliability of information found on the Internet. Groups compare and contrast how print and broadcast media regulate data gathering with the lack of oversite for Internet posts. This well-designed plan includes some excellent activities that show young learners how much "fluff" is on the internet, how to look for facts when researching, and how to find quality sites.
Washington in Cincinnati
Seventh graders compare and contrast the leadership of George Washington and Cincinnatus. In this historical perspectives lesson, 7th graders research the noted Web sites to answer questions about the 2 men.
New! 5 Broken Cameras: How Storytellers Shape the Story
5 Broken Cameras, the award-winning documentary nominated for a 2013 Academy Award and winner of the Sundance 2012 Directors Award is the focus of a resource packet that includes a lesson plan, discussion guide, reading lists, background information, a photo slide show, clips from the film, and links to related articles and books. The film provides a springboard to a discussion of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, and the conflict over the Occupied Territories. A powerful resource that merits a place in your curriculum library.
Clearmont Lesson Plan 2; Reading Strategies
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.
Compare and Contrast Cultures
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.
Compare and Contrast Author's Voice
Follow the procedural details here to model for your class how to identify author's voice in two poems, "Since Hannah Moved Away" by Judith Viorst and Mirriam Chaikin's "I Hate Harry." Together, determine voice and the words that reveal it in two other poems. Finally, provide learners with a new pair of poems to practice independently. Have various class members read aloud, to compare readings. Charts, easy enough to create on your own, are available only if you register and log in.
Holes: The Movie vs. The Book
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.