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Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Pick Out the Parts of a Story
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Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Use this lesson to teach your students to identify story elements and compare them to another text's story elements. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Comparing Texts by the Same Author* lesson.
3rd grade
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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Comparing Character Traits
Comparing Character Traits
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Comparing Character Traits
Use this lesson to help your ELs compare and contrast characters' thoughts and actions using a Venn Diagram. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
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Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
This lesson provides students with the opportunity to compare and contrast two athletes who have been instrumental in changing the world of women's sports!
2nd grade
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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Whose Side of the Story?
Whose Side of the Story?
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Whose Side of the Story?
Allow your students to explore how stories may change depending on the perspectives from which they're told. Interesting texts and a creative writing assignment make this quite the engaging lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Story Elements to Compare and Contrast Fiction Texts
Using Story Elements to Compare and Contrast Fiction Texts
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Using Story Elements to Compare and Contrast Fiction Texts
All fictional stories have story elements but they sure can differ between stories. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the story elements of two fictional stories and document their findings in a graphic organizer.
4th 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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Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride
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Paul Revere's Ride
The students are coming! The students are coming! Debunk common myths and teach your students about Paul Revere's ride with this lesson plan that lets students finish their own graphic novels.
5th 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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The Big Bad…What?
The Big Bad…What?
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The Big Bad…What?
In this fun lesson, kindergarten students will learn about comparing and contrasting using a hilarious new take on the tale of the three little pigs.
Kindergarten
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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Learning to Listen With My Heart
Learning to Listen With My Heart
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Learning to Listen With My Heart
Gabi Garcia's "Listening With My Heart" provides students with an opportunity to reflect on ways to extend themselves compassion all year long. This engaging lesson supports students in understanding what kindness is, as well as how to be kind to themselves and others in their daily lives.
2nd grade
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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He Said/She Said, I Said/You Said
He Said/She Said, I Said/You Said
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He Said/She Said, I Said/You Said
In this engaging lesson, students compare and contrast a firsthand account and a secondhand account of the same historical event: the sinking of the Titanic.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
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Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
It’s time to take a trip around the world and experience Christmas in different countries. Students will explore how their Christmas traditions compare and contrast with kids across the world and chart their findings on a Venn diagram.
1st 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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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? This lesson will compare the two types of sources and ask students to discuss the benefits of using each source.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Two Perspectives
Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
This lesson combines an introduction to biomes with some fun Venn diagram exercises. Not only will students learn more about nature, they'll also learn how to make comparisons between different things in nature.
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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