This is a great writing activity for incorporating rigor, while allowing your students to get to know one another better during the first weeks of the school year.
In pairs, students will examine their similarities and differences by completing a comparison matrix and Venn Diagram. They will then write a compare and contrast essay, and incorporate the use of compare/contrast transitional words and phrases.
• Classmate comparison matrix
• Classmate Venn-Diagram
• Compare and Contrast Classmates Essay Directions Sheet
• Essay Planning Sheet
• Essay Grading Rubric
• Compare and Contrast Transition Word Reference Sheet
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