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Students explore author's voice. In this literary elements and reading comprehension lesson, 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."
Young scholars compare and contrast ancient and modern Olympic games. In this study of cultures and writing lesson, students brainstorm examples of "traditions", then view video clips and read articles about the origin of the Olympics. Young scholars compare and contrast elements of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, then write a persuasive essay including recommendations for changes that could be made to the games or ceremonies currently included in the Olympics.
Animal friends and families help your 1st graders with their ELD and literacy skills in three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Secret Code," Bud's Day Out," and "An Egg Is An Egg, or, Who's in a Family?"). They can practice drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, and sequencing events in the stories. Additionally, vocabulary lists and sentence frames with grammar prompts are differentiated into three different skill levels.
Where did the Olympic Summer Games originate? The class takes a look at ancient origins of modern Olympic games. They research the Olympics and write a compare and contrast essay that describes how the Olympic Games have changed since ancient times. They also create a time-line that traces Olympic events, tools, and technology that has shaped the way the games have been played.
This lesson is intended for a music class but would be a great way to teach compare and contrast to any class. Kindergarteners dance the Hokey Pokey to four different styles of music and examine two paintings of Humpty Dumpty, then discuss the similarities and differences in the songs, dances, and art. Wonderful idea!
Young scholars look at three different versions of the Cinderella story. In this comparative literature lesson, students read the Chinese version "Yeh-Shen", the Egyptian version "Rhodopis," and the Native American version "The Hidden One" of Cinderella. Young scholars then compare and contrast the stories to the version they are most familiar with, keeping in mind the cultural context each story was written in.
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this lesson, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer questions about maps, weather, and details about shells.
What is a primary source and can an oral testimony be one? Older learners will compare and contrast stories from family members on their perspectives on what happened on September 11, 2001. Then they will compare the stories to see if there are different views after the incident. The goal is to have the student create an accurate record of the event, thus understanding the roles of historians, curators, and archivists.
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.
Learners compare and contrast communities.They explore factors that influence how people live, the roles of adults and children, and the interaction of people who live and work within a community. The lesson focuses on the country of Cape Verde.
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.
Students examine traditional roles of women. In this women's history lesson, students compare and contrast roles of women, analyze challenges of women, write about their own dreams, and discuss how women are portrayed in society.
Seventh graders compare and contrast the leadership of George Washington and Cincinnatus. In this historical perspectives activity, 7th graders research the noted Web sites to answer questions about the 2 men.
Practice writing compare and contrast essays in your class by starting out with a Venn diagram. A sample that can be expanded upon is provided here. After your writers have completed the guided practice, have them write individual essays on more complex topics. The idea listed in the instructional activity relates to an earlier instructional activity on the same site. Materials are included, but can only be viewed by signing in. An account is free.
In these compare and contrast worksheets, students complete 4 different worksheets that help them learn how to compare and contrast different topics.
Students practice the skill of comparing and contrasting. In this historical literature lesson, students compare and contrast elements of London's culture in the 1500s to that of the present day. Students use the Mark Twain novel The Prince and the Pauper as a guide to understanding 1500s London culture. Students demonstrate their findings using one of a variety of creative methods.
Chapter 1 of A Taste of Blueberries provides an opportunity for young readers to compare and contrast the two main characters in this story. Using a Venn diagram, readers locate similarities and differences between Jamie and the narrator and use sticky notes to mark passages where they find information for their diagram.
Students compare and contrast trade routes. In this trade route lesson, students explore the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe trail. Students compare and contrast the purposes for these trails.