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Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
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Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Did you know that comparative tasks improve comprehension and help students develop higher order thinking skills? In this lesson, students will compare nonfiction texts on the same topic using Venn diagrams and performance!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
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Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Sharpen your students’ reading and research skills in this lesson that guides them in comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions. Students will collect information across several resources including Internet sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Imagination: Real or Make Believe
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Imagination: Real or Make Believe
Can cartoon bears talk? Can fish sing? Engage your students by teaching the difference between real and make believe.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources
Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources
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Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources
In this lesson, your students will identify and compare the features found in primary and secondary sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
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Comparing and Contrasting Short Stories
This lesson will have your students learn to compare and contrast using both a classic fairy tale and a fractured versions of a fairy tale.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Kids will love learning some fun facts about elephants while developing their reading comprehension skills. Using T-charts and Venn diagrams, they'll analyze stories and explore different characteristics of fiction and nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding Similarities and Differences
Finding Similarities and Differences
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Finding Similarities and Differences
Good readers analyze texts by looking at similarities and differences. Use this lesson to teach your students to compare and contrast the story elements of two fiction texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Texts by the Same Author
Comparing Texts by the Same Author
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Comparing Texts by the Same Author
Getting hooked on a series or type of character creates reader engagement! Use this lesson to challenge your students to compare and contrast fictional texts as they find the joy in reading books by the same author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
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A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
In this Black History Month lesson plan, students will explore the similarities between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. This a discussion-based lesson that culminates with the creation of a peace wreath.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Whales
Comparing Whales
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Comparing Whales
Help your kindergarten students learn about comparing and contrasting nonfiction texts in this fun under-the-sea-themed lesson plan.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Cat in the Hat Responsibility
Cat in the Hat Responsibility
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Cat in the Hat Responsibility
In this lesson, students will explore the trait of responsibility through the characters in a famous Dr. Seuss book. By the end, students’ character and knowledge about literacy will have grown.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Characters
Compare and Contrast Fictional Characters
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Characters
A first grade classic takes center stage in this lesson on comparing and contrasting characters. This lesson can be used alone or with the Compare and Contrast with Wolves lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Mythological Creature: Vampire
Mythological Creature: Vampire
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Mythological Creature: Vampire
Bram Stoker's Dracula has inspired feelings of fear and morbid curiosity for over a century. With this lesson plan, your students will get a taste of the literary work while learning about the myth behind vampires.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sharing Opinions About Stories
Sharing Opinions About Stories
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Sharing Opinions About Stories
Use this lesson plan to introduce, preview, or review the concept of sharing an opinion using a hilarious read aloud text! This can be used as a standalone lesson or with the lesson The Little Red Hen Story Patterns.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Identifying Character and Setting
Identifying Character and Setting
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Identifying Character and Setting
In this support lesson, ELs will learn how to identify the characters and setting in a story while using noun phrases to support their understanding. It can be used alone or as support for the lesson Exploring the Features of a Book Series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Important Women in History
Important Women in History
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Important Women in History
Celebrate women by learning about their achievements in history and comparing and contrasting their unique qualities. Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing and contrasting with informational texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
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Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
In this lesson, ask students to compare and contrast two important African-American historical figures. Students will write an informational paragraph on the similarities and differences between W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Author Study: Faith Ringgold
Author Study: Faith Ringgold
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Author Study: Faith Ringgold
This engaging lesson teaches students about the famous author Faith Ringgold. Students will explore two pieces of literature, comparing and contrasting story elements, then write opinion pieces to illustrate which book they liked best.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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These Stories Are (Almost) the Same
These Stories Are (Almost) the Same
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These Stories Are (Almost) the Same
Stories can change a lot depending on the point of view they are told from. In this lesson, students explore point of view by comparing and contrasting two versions of "The Three Little Pigs."
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Not all nonfiction texts on the same topic are created equal! Using this lesson plan, your class will become familiar with nonfiction features by comparing and contrasting texts on a shared topic.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Red and Green Apples
Red and Green Apples
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Red and Green Apples
Students will learn about apples and nonfiction writing in this lesson. When they are done comparing and contrasting, there might even be a tasty snack in their future!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
So many students love to read books in a series but they don't give much thought to what a series really is. In this lesson students discover the two kinds of book series and apply classifying criteria to examples in the library.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century writer and philosopher who today is considered one of the first documented feminists and advocates for women’s education. In this lesson, students will read two nonfiction texts about Sor Juana and discuss her life and accomplishments before writing an opinion piece about her.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Same or Different? You Decide!
The Same or Different? You Decide!
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The Same or Different? You Decide!
Are the stories the same or different? You decide! Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing the story elements in two fictional stories written by the same author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Real or Not?
Real or Not?
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Real or Not?
In this fun compare and contrast lesson plan, preschool students will dive into the world of cows! Can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Imagination Real or Make Believe** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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