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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of September 17th

posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:35 AM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 8:36 AM ]

Analyzing Relationships: Using Compare and Contrast

Learning to compare and contrast different ideas deepens students’ understanding of what they read. How should you begin? Have students think of a question that compares and contrasts concepts, characters, or story elements. This can work for both fiction and nonfiction books. You can introduce this during a whole-class read aloud. You might ask students to compare two characters in a story or two different stories they have heard. Comparing and contrasting key ideas in nonfiction may present some challenges. However, learning this strategy will help students better understand increasingly complex text they read as they advance through grade levels.
Watch this video of literacy expert Jan Richardson working on compare and contrast with second graders. Note how Jan first models how to do the task and then supports students as they compare and contrast and then begin writing. She provides extra support with the Yellow Questions card from our Comprehension Box Set.
Written by: Michele Dufresne, author Pioneer Valley Educational Press