This is an exercise in comparing and contrasting, using the students' own creative thinking. First, five questions are asked regarding how specific situations or things are alike. The student is to use his/her own ideas and answer in complete, well-punctuated sentences. Ex. "How is a hamburger like a hot dog ?" One possible answer: "A hamburger and a hot dog are both made with meat and they both have buns."
Then, five questions are asked which require the student to think critically about how two things are different, and write their answers in properly punctuated sentences. There are many advantages to this exercise. Students have to actually apply the skills of comparing and contrasting, the students enjoy being able to express their own thoughts, and the teacher can grade both the student's mastery of the skill, and the grammar and punctuation in the sentences. Answers are often surprising and very creative.My class enjoyed hearing some of their classmates answers after I checked papers.