China and Japan SPRITE Compare and Contrast

As a prewriting activity for a compare and contrast essay, writers use a graphic organizer that asks them to identify three SPRITE areas and note how they compare and contrast, to develop a thesis statement, and list the historical evidence they will use in each body paragraph of their essay. 

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Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for a social studies class, the template could be used in any subject area
Pros

  • Although the template has a specific question entered in the Question box, the prompt could easily be eliminated to permit use of the graphic with other questions
  • The graphic asks users to include historial evidence they will use in their essay
Cons

  • The template assumes that learners are familiar with the SPRITE term
  • A Venn diagram might better permit users to see the similarities and differences inherent in a compare-and-contrast essay