Thursday, February 5, 2015

Compare and Contrast Essays

Teaching students how to write compare and contrast essay can be tricky! It's not that they don't understand how to compare and contrast, but organizing the essay in a way that makes sense and is meaningful can be confusing!

Here is what I found. My students needed CLEAR structure. I gave them two options. Point-by-point organization where you write each paragraph about how they are alike or different. Or, they can use block organization where you write one paragraph all about subject A and the second paragraph all about subject B.

Although this can look confusing in a blank template, I designed a complete lesson for teaching compare and contrast essays that has a PowerPoint, blank templates, sample brainstorming, and sample essays to go along with the PowerPoint. Check it out here!

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