Reflection: Pacing Maniac Macgee: Compare and Contrast Characters - Section 4: Independent Practice


Do this in 45 minutes.  Also, take a stretch break before they write the essay.  I also gave them a sentence starter for each paragraph. These sentence starters enabled scholars to get their juices flowing and it also helped them to see and experience strong transitional and opening sentences.

Paragraph 1: "Maniac Macgee and Amanda are alike and different." 

Paragraph 2: "Maniac Macgee and Amanda are alike."

Paragraph 3: "Maniac Macgee and Amanda are different."

Closing: "That's how Maniac Macgee and Amanda are alike and different."

If you are using a different text, just substitute different names for Maniac and Amanda.  Similarly, if you are comparing 2 events or ideas, just substitute the events or ideas for the names.  The basic structure of writing a comparison essay remains the same, regardless of the topic.  

  Take 45 minutes!
  Pacing: Take 45 minutes!
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Maniac Macgee: Compare and Contrast Characters

Unit 2: Give it All You've Got! - Part I
Lesson 5 of 16

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast two characters in a story using quotes from the text

Big Idea: Comparing and contrasting characters: What's the big deal?

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English / Language Arts, character actions, summarizing, summary
  60 minutes
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