Teach your students how to write compare-and-contrast essays with this lesson plan.
A text lesson is used to explain the components of comparing and contrasting, then step students through the process with easy-to-understand examples.
Course 2: Getting Started with Essay Writing This is the second course in the Academic English: Writing specialization.
By introducing you to three types of academic essays, this course will especially help prepare you for work in college classes, but anyone who wants to improve his or her writing skills can benefit from this course. Now, you're ready to write your first type of academic essay--the compare/contrast essay.
Remember the sample essays in the lesson are typical for an intermediate-level student.
Write a compare/contrast essay that fits your own writing ability.
The last thing you want is to spend way too much time on topic selection because it would prevent you from focusing on the writing process.
At the same time, you want your topic to be strong and impactful.
As you begin incorporating this into your lessons, provide scaffolding through sentence starters or paragraph frames. (If you are trying to do more writing with your students, you might find these ideas on integrating writing into text features, character traits, or point of view helpful.) Usually we teach students to write a compare and contrast essay by modeling expectations, and then having students write their own independently.
This is especially beneficial for your ELL and low language students, but ALL of your students will benefit from this strategy. _______________ and _______________ are different because _______________. _______________ and _______________ are alike because _______________. The most important difference between _______________ and _______________ is _______________. An important similarity between _______________ and _______________ is _______________. _______________ and _______________ are similar in many ways. This leaves out a very important step – the scaffolded essay.