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We love “write the room” tasks because students are up and moving with purpose and focus. Comparison Write the Room adds a new dimension and challenge with limitless combinations of attributes. Use the list on the previous page for guidance or choose different attributes that you want your students to be paying attention to.
How does a Comparison Write the Room work? As in traditional write the room tasks, students search for words on word walls, brainstorming lists, anchor charts, poems, books, etc. However, they search only for words with certain attributes. When they compare the attributes of the words they raise their thinking to a higher level. The format uses a modified Venn diagram to compare different words for similarities and differences.
What should you put in the arrows? That depends what kind of challenge your students need and what you are learning. Customize to fit your group or individualize for the perfect fit for a few students.
On the next ten pages I have included some ideas about the variety of combinations you might try. I have also included several 3 different blank pages so you can customize to meet your needs. Enjoy!
Suggestions on the previous page show how the following Common Core State Standards can be taught through Comparison Write the Room.
RF.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
RF.K.1c Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
RF.K.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
RF.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
RF.K.2c Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
RF.K.3b Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
RF.1.2a Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
RF.1.2b Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
RF.1.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.1.3c Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds