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A Venn diagram is a great tool. Middle schoolers research specific authors from different time periods, cultures, and genres. In groups, they create a Venn Diagram in order to compare and contrast two pieces of literature by the same author. They must use excerpts from the text to support their claims.
Sixth graders work on compare and contrast essays. In this essay lesson, 6th graders publish and present their essays while working on their public speaking skills. They work on a KWL chart and a word corrections booklet. 
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.
Students present and explain the Acts of Nature research projects and compare and contrast. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students will present their acts of nature projects and then compare and contrast two acts of nature presented by their peers.
Young scholars compare immigration of the past to immigration of the present. In this immigration lesson plan, students compare and contrast stories and differences between people arriving through Ellis Island versus Angel Island.
Students compare and contrast informative books on a subject to determine which one would teach someone better. In this compare and contrast lesson plan, students fill out a worksheet provided.
Students compare and contrast the seasons of fall and spring. In this fall and spring lesson plan, students learn the differences between fall and spring through books and pictures, identify the differences, draw their own pictures, and write about each one.
Fourth graders make a mask of who they are as an individual after studying the Hopi Indians. In this Hopi Indians lesson plan, 4th graders compare and contrast the Hopi life with theirs, make predictions, and learn about culture.
Fourth graders read and look at maps of the Hopi Indians and compare and contrast their lives with the Hopi Indians. In this Hopi Indians lesson plan, 4th graders learn about different cultures and answer short answer questions.
Explore literature after reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Sixth and seventh graders compare and contrast the setting, motivation, theme, and characterization of each novel before analyzing them individually. 
Focus on similarities and differences with a jigsaw activity that requires pupils to compare Waiting for the Biblioburro to other texts they have read. To prepare, class members first respond to text-dependent questions, moving on to fill out a graphic organizer in small groups, after they have discussed the answers to the questions. A strong continuation of this unit.
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. 
Fourth graders read, "Beat the Story Drum," and compare and contrast two of the characters using a Venn Diagram.
Fourth graders listen to the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. They create a Venn Diagram comparing the tortoise and the hare. They write a compare and contrast composition comparing and contrasting the tortoise and the hare.
Fourth graders create a graphic organizer using Inspiration to compare and contrast two characters in the story "The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse". They discuss what schools were like in colonial times verses schools of the present time.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast political visions. In this early American history lesson, 11th graders research the political stances of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Students then compose compare and contrast essays about the views of Burr and Hamilton.
In need of a lesson to use on your next trip to the computer lab? Students use Microsoft Word to compose a paper comparing the the main characters from the fable, The Tortoise and The Hair. They need to write an introduction, one paragraph explaining similarities, one explaining differences, and a conclusion. All writing will be based off of the Venn Diagram completed prior to the main lesson.
After reading Elie Wiesel's Night, watching the movie Life is Beautiful, and researching World War II, class members write a comparison essay on the book and film. This includes a prior knowledge activity, discussion in whole and small group, graphic organizers, a multi-step writing process, accommodations/adaptations, assessment ideas, and more. A solid resource.
Reinforce comparing and contrasting skills with this worksheet. After reading a brief selection about a trip to Rome, elementary readers respond to five multiple choice questions that require them to compare and contrast. A home activity prompts them to compare and contrast different types of ethnic food (pizza vs. burrito, for example).
First graders compare and contrast two different type of animals while also making predictions, observations, and asking provocative questioning. In this compare and contrast lesson, 1st graders acquire knowledge about why some animals are able to live and survive in certain environments while others are not.