Reflection: Lesson Planning Comparing & Contrasting Inventors - Section 2: Comparing & Contrasting


I taught a 30 minute lesson comparing and contrasting two inventors during a different part of the day prior to today so that, today, they could work independently comparing and contrasting inventors of their choice. My instruction was very direct and I used the same graphic organizer, a Venn diagram. For my English Language Learners to be successful, they need much modeling and chunking of information. I separated the lessons because I didn't want to overwhelm with too much content when they were learning how to use a new tool. I wanted them to spend the bulk of the lesson comparing and contrasting on their own.

To compare and contrast their inventors, I asked the students to first contrast them. Then, proceed on to comparing them. I felt this would make it easier for them.

This is the first time for them comparing and contrasting independently, and it seemed to go very well!

I found it interesting that most of them decided to compare and contrast the African-American inventors. We read about others, but the only charts I created were on these inventors and I am thinking this may have swayed them. In teaching this lesson again, I would remind them of their options.

I feel my students did well with meeting the task of comparing and contrasting. Their work was well organized and they made good usage of the word "both."

Also, I felt the illustrations brought to life the work and some students did a good job of providing specific contrasting details of their inventors.

Adding pictures also provided me with time to support those students who needed the extra attention.

  Lesson Planning: Reflection on Comparing & Contrasting
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Comparing & Contrasting Inventors

Unit 11: Inventors
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast key details in two texts on the same topic.

Big Idea: What do inventors have that are alike? How are they different? Why do they invent? Learning about them may inspire you to invent new technology!

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