Students read factual information (on a 3rd grade level) about polar bears and grizzly bears. They are asked to use information from the passages to write an essay about the similarities and differences between the bears. I've included a student organizer, a handout with basic guidelines & examples and grading rubrics (self, peer & teacher). The documents on the zip file are both PDF and Microsoft Word (so you can make changes.) They do not have cute borders, are not cute nor particularly creative. They are functional, neat & practical.