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Reading Skills: Compare and Contrast Discuss this eTheme.

These sites provide resources for comparing and contrasting two ideas, stories or texts. Links to interactive Venn diagrams, compare and contrast interactive maps, compare and contrast rubrics, and lesson plans are included. Included are eThemes resources for Teaching Tips: Graphic Organizers and Nonfiction Reading Strategies.

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Explore the world of compare and contrast using the interactive guide. Resources included are overview, definitions, examples, organizing a paper, graphic organizers, transitions (vocabulary for use with compare/contrast activities), and a checklist.
Use this graphic organizer to held students differentiate similarities and differences between two things or ideas. (Designed for use in grades 3-12.)
Use this interactive Venn diagram resource with your students while comparing and contrasting any two ideas or texts.
Students can use this interactive tool to held develop an outline for writing one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences or point-to-point.
Use this compare and contrast rubric to help students inform their writing decisions while comparing and contrasting any two ideas or texts.
Find organizational tools to help students with reading comprehension including: Venn diagrams, character comparison sheets, and setting comparison sheets. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Work collaboratively with your students to model the thought process involved in brainstorming and organizing similarities and differences in this lesson. Resources include: overview, standards resources and preparation, instructional plan, related resources, and comments. (Designed for use in grades 3-5.)
Challenge your students to expand what they have learned about comparing and contrasting similarities and differences by applying what they know to expository texts. Resources include: overview, standards resources and preparation, instructional plan, related resources, and comments. (Designed for use in grades 3-5.)
Compare and contrast the world explored in "The Tale of Despereaux" with research about medieval times using this lesson. Resources include: overview, standards resources and preparation, instructional plan, related resources, and comments. (Designed for use in grades 3-5.)
Expand students experience with comparing and contrasting one step further by asking them to compare a book they have read to the movie version, then having them act out a scene from the book they feel wasn't well represented in the movie version in a Reader's Theatre. Resources include: overview, standards resources and preparation, instructional plan, related resources, and comments. (Designed for use in grades 3-5.)
In this lesson, students read a Scholastic News Online Special Report and glean information about the economy to complete this compare/contrast lesson.
Explore the books of Leo Lionni and teach your students how to compare and contrast across texts. This lesson plan includes: an overview, standards, resources and preparation, instructional plan, related resources, and comments. (Designed for use in grades K-2.)
This lesson plan is based on Mother Goose and provides several resources.
These sites have printable and interactive graphic organizers to be used in the classroom. Includes KWL charts, webs, clusters, timelines, outlines, fish diagrams, story maps, comparing charts, cause and effect charts, and more. Some sites explain how and why to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
This site provides teaching activities for nonfiction reading strategies and evaluating websites. Smartboard lessons are included. Student research, group work and discussion, and writing activities using expository writing are additional skills included in the lessons. Ethemes, Parts of a Book: Nonfiction and Library Skills: Text Features, are included.

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