Review informative/explanatory texts, what they are, and their purpose. Explain that one type of explanatory text is compare and contrast essays and provide some examples. Go over transition/keywords that help to indicate compare and contrast. Show the layout or outline of what a compare and contrast essay should look like (intro, compare, contrast, closing).
Practice activities include:
- Sorting keywords - Students will be given keywords/transition words all over the slide that either indicate comparison or contrast. Students will circle compare words in green and contrast words in red with the pencil tool.
- Short text on two topics - Students can drag and drop information from a bank to compare and contrast the two topics and place them into a double bubble map.
- Short text on two topics - Students can write and fill in a Venn diagram to compare and contrast.
- Broken up essay - Students have to drag and place the sentences in the correct order.
- Read a full passage text - Fill in a graphic organizer to compare/contrast the two topics. Later, use this graphic organizer for the final activity.