Reflection: Lesson Planning Recognizing Relationships: Compare and Contrast - Section 2: Whole Group Practice


Another change I’m trying to make this year is in making sure that I incorporate all kinds of graphic organizers in my lessons. In year’s past, my compare and contrast lessons have been fairly heavy in Venn diagrams. These work well for most tasks, of course, but shouldn’t be the only way students know how to show similarities and differences between topics. I learned this the hard way one year when I thought my students knew this skill backwards and forwards, but they bombed the big compare and contrast extended response question on their end of the unit assessment (which I don’t create). After reviewing the test, I saw that the question asked students to complete a two-column chart - not a Venn diagram - with their answers. Not knowing how to complete the chart correctly, they failed the question simply due to its structure and not for lack of understanding of the task itself. Needless to say, I felt like I had failed them all. I quickly made sure that all subsequent lessons included a variety of response forms so that they could complete all tasks no matter their form. 

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Recognizing Relationships: Compare and Contrast

Unit 6: Non-Fiction: Structures and Features
Lesson 2 of 15

Objective: SWBAT locate key clue words in a non-fiction passage to determine its structure.

Big Idea: In a unit about non-fiction structure, students will read a text, locate clue words, and determine its organization structure: compare and contrast.

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