This has honestly been my FAVORITE activity that we have done so far this semester! I hope you enjoy it. Read on to find out how it works and how I used it in my class room...
This is an inquiry-based activity! It works with ANY set of paired passages or texts (fiction or nonfiction) on a common topic. I created this worksheet for my students to analyze two texts on the same topic and they got to choose their own topic! This activity was super fun and my students were very engaged. Sure, compiling individual resources for each student was a lot of work, but it was SO worth it for them to be able to explore and complete this skill on a topic that they love! This activity can be done in partners or individually. I did a little of both!
This worksheet is EDITABLE. You can add your own elements of analysis that you are focusing on in your class. Or if you see that I have missed any you can add those in as well!
Lastly, scaffolding is included in the worksheet as students complete it. This means that as they go, they will be indentifying the necessary pieces of evidence that they will need to answer the writing prompt at the end. The writing prompt page includes a rubric, which you can change to suit your class's writing goals. We are currently working on MAP testing preparation and follow this format for written essays. Additionally, because this writing prompt includes a rubric, it can easily be used as an assessment. I would recommend using it as a summative activity to a unit focused on comparing and contrasting texts. Completing this activity may take a day or two, depending on how deeply you want your students to engage with their texts or how long the texts are that you choose.