Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Using Compare and Contrast Text Structure - Section 3: Independent Practice


When I told students that they were going to use analysis writing today, there was a collective groan. This writing is challenging for them, which is precisely why I want them to keep practicing it. In order to have them recognize what they already knew, I had them annotate my example.

I said, "I want you to annotate why I italicized (skills they have already learned; transition, citing and analysis writing) and why I put particular words in bold (signal words for compare and contrast)." This helped my students review and recognize what they already learned in the last unit. They then seemed more confident in their writing during independence. 

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Using Compare and Contrast Text Structure

Unit 5: Text Structures Project
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze their research by using a compare and contrast text structure.

Big Idea: Our Inventions Vs. Less Awesome Ideas :)

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