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Comparing and Contrasting: Picturing an Organizational Pattern

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Comparing and Contrasting: Picturing an Organizational Pattern

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Dean

Deborah Dean

Provo, Utah

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Picture books that are organized in comparison/contrast patterns. Suggested titles which can be used as mentor texts for this lesson include the following:

    • The Yellow House: Vincent Van Gogh & Paul Gauguin Side by Side by Susan Goldman Rubin (Harry Abrams: 2001)

    • The Journey: Stories of Migration by Cynthia Rylant (Blue Sky Press (Scholastic Imprint): 2006)

    • George vs. George: The American Revolution as seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer (Scholastic: 2004)

    • John, Paul, George, & Ben by Lane Smith. (Hyperion: 2006)

  • Board or chart paper and writing instruments

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Compare & Contrast Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 

Comparison and Contrast Guide

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Comparison and Contrast Guide

The Comparison and Contrast Guide outlines the characteristics of the genre and provides direct instruction on the methods of organizing, gathering ideas, and writing comparison and contrast essays.

 

Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Comparison and Contrast Rubric

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PREPARATION

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