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How Do These Compare?


This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. A link in the introduction to the Comparison and Contrast Guide give students the chance to get definitions and look at examples before they begin working. The finished map can be saved, e-mailed, or printed.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    The students will:

    • define the characteristics of a compare and contrast essay
    • develop ideas to use in an essay
    • organize their thoughts and opinions about two works they will compare
    • understand transition words to use when comparing and contrasting two works, characters etc. 

    Activity Details

    The teacher will identify two literary works, characters, events, etc. which the students should compare.

    The students will use the Compare & Contrast Map student interactive to help them organize their thoughts for a compare and contrast essay.

    The students will:

    • identify two items to compare
    •  determine what type of comparison they are doing
    • write their introduction
    • list similarities
    • list differences
    • write their conclusion

    The students will then either save their map or print it to use for developing an essay.





    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will view the completed student maps to assess whether students had a clear understanding of the similarities and differences in order to develop a compare and contrast essay. 

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    Bookmark the website for easy access for students.

    Arrange for lab time or student computer use.

    If students will print their maps check that there are enough printer supplies,  If students will save their maps determine a folder or drive for students to save to.