Stephanie Tjaden's lesson for supporting children as they Compare and Contrast is visual, engaging, and once practiced together, replicable.
In the beginning of this lesson, Stephanie worked on this chart with her class to find similarities and differences between George Washington and King George III. Once the information was on a chart, Stephanie modeled bridging facts on opposite sides of the chart with a transition word, transforming the facts into a compound sentence.
Once the compound sentences were formed, the class, with modeling and then support from their teacher, worked together and added an introductory statement to each pair of facts. Following the compound sentence a closing statement gave a strong wrap-up to this compare and contrast paragraph.
This strategy, once modeled and practiced together, becomes a consistent tool for students to use when asked to compare and contrast everything from two pieces of text to to two ideas and science!
If you are looking for a fantastic book for Compare and Contrast, you'll definitely want to check out
George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer.