Reflection: Student Feedback Diagnosing Compare and Contrast - Section 4: Independent Practice


Many times students enter third grade understanding how to complete a Venn diagram. However, oftentimes they need a bit of instruction in order to be successful. I can usually tell if a student has learned the “balance” method of making sure there are similar details listed on opposite sides of each other. For a very basic example, if a student writes that one character has blond hair, then the best way to “balance” their chart is to name what color hair the other character has.


Another thing I often find at the beginning of the year is students using “not” examples: Character one has blond hair, character two does not. I try to get students to see that this isn’t giving a fact or description about what that character is, but what that character is not. When students understand this difference, they are able to produce great diagrams!

  "Balance" and "Not" details
  Student Feedback: "Balance" and "Not" details
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Diagnosing Compare and Contrast

Unit 14: Skill and Strategy Practice with Fiction Texts
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT show how characters in a text are the same and different using a Venn diagram.

Big Idea: Students identify key information about characters in a text and record on a story chart. They then use that information as well as other details from the text to compare and contrast two characters.

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