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One of the most difficult forms of writing I believe there is to teach is Comparision and Contrast, aka Similarities and Differences. It is problematic at best for students to manage this task when they are asked to provide more than a few details when comparing and contrasting while keeping in mind that they must also come up with a solid essay with a solid introduction and conclusion while not forgetting any transition words/phrases. Now, add into the mix that there might be more than one way to organize your argument and you have the perfect storm for terrible essays. You can see why I wait late in the year to start teaching this.
TO address this I present to you a 2-part example for your students to refer to when they have to write one of these.
Document dimensions 24"x31" (scaled up from a letter-size format)
Included is a PDF that explains how to print a tiled image that you can stitch together to make a full-sized poster cheaply. Not a lot of wall space? Want to save paper? Display this on your interactive whiteboard during the lesson. Tell the kids you made it!
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