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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 lesson, students complete a 30 page packet of analysis activities for women writers of Korea and the United States.
Students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast  The Three Little Pigs and other fairytales. In this compare and contrast lesson, students read  two books aloud discussing the setting, point of view, climax and resolution. In small groups students then fill out the Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the two tales.
Class discussions can really make concepts come to life. The class discusses the differences between compare and contrast, read a book, then talk about ways they can compare events or characters in the story. Good leading question are included for struggling learners and scripted suggestions for the class discussion are included.
What happens during a natural disaster? Science and language arts come together in this resource, which works from three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Earthquake Terror,"  "Eye of the Storm: Chasing Storms with Warren Faidley," and "Volcanoes"). ELD pupils will benefit from the differentiated vocabulary lists and sentence frames. The stories and provided questions help them practice sequencing events, expressing fact and opinion, and comparing and contrasting details.
Students compare and contrast democracies around the world after reading a New York Times article. They create posters and participate in a "democracy roundtable" in which they discuss two democracies.
Students research slavery in ancient Rome and compare and contrast it to slavery in the United States.  In this slavery instructional activity, students investigate the differences of slavery in different parts of the country, write a paper to report their findings, and create drawings that also depict the results of the research.
Students discuss Cinderella and Yeh Shen. For this language arts lesson, students compare and contrast the two versions of this story. Students recognize and understand the cultural differences between the two stories by writing a half page comparing and contrasting the two stories and then giving their opinion of what they liked or disliked about each story.
Young scholars compare and contrast life in Beijing, China within the walls of the Forbidden city during the last imperial dynasty to that of city life after the Cultural Revolution. They research and write a footnoted paper that is peer edited after the first draft.
Who is Mo Willems? Explore the author with your class. Learners read books written by Willems, compare and contrast the characters therein, and make predictions about what will happen. Finish off this author study by having small groups produce puppet shows based on the stories. Bring art into literature with this fun activity. 
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 compare and contrast changes over time. They collect data in the fall and in the spring, and use the data to compare and contrast changes over time. They need an understanding of the five senses.
Eighth graders write a Compare and Contrast essay comparing the lives of similarly aged students at different Latitudes. They share their essays with epals, via e-mail. They may include digital photographs in their correspondence as well.
Students examine constellations and planets through completing various activities. Students work individually and in groups to create drawings based on stars, compare and contrast the night sky with and without a telescope and learn vocabulary associated with space.
Students identify Saturn. In this space instructional activity students identify the defining characteristics of Saturn and compare and contrast it with Jupiter. Students make a model of Saturn. 
Young scholars 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. Young scholars 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."
Develop compare and contrast skills while expanding cultural knowledge by looking at how different countries ring in the new year.
Students compare and contrast 2 primary sources regarding slavery. In this historical perspectives lesson, student analyze and compare Abraham Lincoln’s American Emancipation Proclamation and Alexander II's Russian Emancipation Manifesto. Students also compare slavery conditions in America and Russia when the documents were written.  
Middle schoolers take a closer look at occupations on television. In this career lesson, students discuss careers as depicted on television and then conduct independent research on the careers. Middle schoolers compare and contrast their findings.
Take a calming walk through nature in this ELD lesson. With three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night," "Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett," "Around the Pond"), readers compare and contrast details, as well as separate fact from opinion. Differentiated instruction between Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels provides increasingly challenging reading and writing ELD standards.
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.