Reflection: Modeling Text Structure: Compare & Contrast Part 1 - Section 2: Lesson/Independent Practice


Early in the year (every year it seems), my students consistently use venn diagrams incorrectly, so when I reach the venn diagram slides I spend a little extra time modeling.

The issue is that while students generally get the similarities, they list random facts that are unrelated on the left and right as "differences" instead of connecting them through common topics. For example, differences between an apple and orange could focus on color, flavor, texture.  Thereby, under ORANGE you would have "consistently orange" and under APPLE you would have "color varies depending on the type - yellow, red and green".  This shows a difference -random, unrelated detail do not.

It seems minor, but if most of my students cannot fill in the venn diagram correctly, it poses a problem for this lesson and several more.

  Venn Diagrams
  Modeling: Venn Diagrams
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Text Structure: Compare & Contrast Part 1

Unit 6: Informational Text - Persevering through the Adversity of our World Part 1
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: SWBAT recognize compare and contrast order and the purpose behind its use.

Big Idea: Structure that teaches the reader through comparison.

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