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Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos
This lesson focuses on the short story "Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos" written by Jorge Luis Borges. Students interpret the work through reading and group activities. The students will show their interpretation of the theme of the story through a written essay.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Sandra Sigmon.
Molly's Pilgrim Activity
Using the book by Barbara Cohen, students will respond to the social and historical significance of this portrayal of the Thanksgiving holiday. Students will also participate in constructing a Venn diagram and completing a cloze activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Susan Milholland, Kathy Vaden, and Rita Wilson.
The Birchbark House
This study guide was created by a group of third grade enrichment students. They were planning to read this book but could find no published guide to go with it. They decided to create their own as they read.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Carolyn Ridgway.
Adjectives: Hero versus Villain
Students will compare and contrast a hero and a villain through a variety of oral and written activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Rebecca Watkins.
Canning for country and community
In this lesson plan, students will use primary source documents to evaluate the technological challenges of food preservation in the 30s and 40s, compare food preservation in the first half of the twentieth century with today, and consider the political role of food in the community.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Melissa Thibault.
Classification and attributes
In Intrigue of the Past, page 1.7
In their study of classification and attributes, students will use “doohickey kits” to classify objects based on their attributes, and explain that scientists and specifically archaeologists use classification to help answer research questions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
Comparing and contrasting careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.9
This lesson for grade six will help students understand comparing and contrasting. Students will conduct career surveys with adults and will use the results to create Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Comparing and contrasting Little Red Riding Hood stories
This lesson will introduce the Venn diagram to students. They will read two versions of the story "Little Red Riding Hood" and list details from each in separate diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By Amber Miller.
Comparing proverbs
The lesson will feature comparisons of American and African proverbs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pat Chancer.
Comparing/contrasting characters: A Taste of Blackberries
This lesson is designed to use with Chapter 1 of the novel A Taste of Blackberries. Students will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two main characters and then relate the material to their own lives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By Denise Caudle.
Exploring pumpkins
This lesson will allow students to use a variety of methods to explore pumpkins.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Science)
By Angelia Braswell.
Families - Then and now
Students apply their knowledge of communities as they compare and contrast the home life described in Sarah Plain and Tall to the home life described in Because of Winn-Dixie.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Debbie Fox and Sherri Hendrix.
Figurative language: Similes
Students will define and identify similes as well as evaluate the use of similes in the poem, "The Base Stealer" by Robert Francis.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Kimberly Conville.
First draft/final draft
Students will compare paragraphs with and without elaboration and descriptive details. They will learn how to revise their own writing by adding descriptive details such as adjectives, adverbs, concrete nouns, and precise verbs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Foreshadowing: Quote identification, discovery lesson, and essay prompt analysis
During the course of this lesson, students identify selected quotes from literary works studied in class. After a brief discussion of what all of the quotes have in common, students will determine that each quote foreshadows an important, upcoming plot development. The class will then examine an essay prompt on foreshadowing, vote on the literary work to be used in planning a response to the prompt, and, as a teacher-led, whole-class activity, come up with a thesis and main point outline for the essay.
Format: lesson plan (grade 10 English Language Arts)
By Martha Owens.
The Frog Prince: Compare and contrast
This lesson can be used with numerous pieces of literature, films, or sound material to develop viewing and listening skills and the students' ability to compare and contrast. One of the richest sources is in the area of fairy tales and folktales. This an especially good source if you can find a modernized version in recorded form to contrast with the more traditional written form. I have used the "Frog Prince" because of this factor and because it was part of the 4th grade language arts reading unit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Barbara Waters.
From seed to plant
This lesson will give students an opportunity to learn about seed parts, how a plant grows, and to compare plants.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Gretchen Barkowitz.
Getting to know spiders
This lesson is useful for helping students understand the differences between spiders and insects. They will also learn about a spider's particular body parts. Live spiders will be observed over the course of a few days to see how sound, light, and movement affect the spiders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Science)
By Bree Welmaker.
Going batty
In this lesson students will hear the story Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and then create a Venn Diagram comparing bats to birds.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Information Skills and Science)
By DPI Integration Strategies.
Individual and family comparisons
Through a series of six activities, this lesson plan will help first-grade students to explore similarities and differences between individuals and families.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Social Studies)
By Julia R. Foote.