Reflection: Where to Begin?? The Compare and Contrast Pretest - Section 1: Compare and Contrast: Preassessment


After having given this pretest, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  My students actually do know how to compare and contrast.  Most didn't know how to write a concluding sentence but there was one interesting thing- one group did a great job at writing a topic sentence and one group did not.  

What's interesting about this?  As third graders, these kiddos were all mixed up.  They didn't come from one homogeneous group.  It is interesting that  the one group had the vast majority write a topic sentence and one did not.  There's nothing wrong with this- meet them where they are and move them forward.  I just know now that I don't need to spend as much time on topic sentences in that group as I do in the other.

  Reflection: Pretest results
  Reflection: Pretest results
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Where to Begin?? The Compare and Contrast Pretest

Unit 8: Beyond the Venn Diagram: Learning to Write A Compare and Contrast Paragraph
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT write a compare and contrast essay

Big Idea: Being able to describe similarities and differences leads to a greater understanding of all text types.

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