This contains two lessons. Lessons include: focus, turn and talk, essential questions, objectives/ goals, standards, technology tie-in, why, teach, example/non-example, summarize, exit tickets. The first lesson is on informative compare and contrast essays and what should be included. A model essay is given and color coded to show how standards for this essay were met. The second lesson is on transition words specific to compare and contrast essays. In addition, this lesson includes a word sort. At the end there are two ideas for a Christmas or other holiday compare and contrast essay. The exit tickets include one with a rubric and one without a rubric. Standard and goals are printed on the exit tickets.