Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Passage Activities

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Learning Objective

Students will learn to identify similarities and differences between topics by using compare and contrast skills.

Description

Do you need engaging, compare and contrast passage questions for your next lesson?

Rap music is your solution!

Based on our rap song about jazz musicians, this activity will keep your students' attention using song lyrics as a reading passage while they practice compare and contrast skills. Easily incorporate them into independent activities or complete them together as a class lesson. The song for this activity explores the careers of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Herbie Hancock, highlighting significant facts in each musician's career.

Students will practice compare and contrast skills, finding similarities between the musicians using the song lyrics as a reading passage. Additional activities are listed below.

Click here to listen to the song with subtitles!

This resource includes:

- the song lyrics for use as a reading passage

- 12 multiple-choice, reading comprehension questions with the answer key

- a compare and contrast, graphic organizer writing activity

- 10 multiple-choice, compare and contrast questions with the answer key

- a compare and contrast text-structure, paragraph writing activity with transitional words for student use

- 6 multiple-choice, synonyms questions with the answer key

- 6 multiple-choice, antonyms questions with the answer key

How to use this resource:

- Students will preview the comprehension questions on pages 1 and 2 then listen to the song while following along with the lyrics on pages 3 and 4.

- Next, students will answer the comprehension questions on pages 1 and 2.

- Students will then complete the remaining activities that are outlined above.

- The answer keys are located on pages 13 - 16.

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.

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