A third resource to use when teaching thought patterns. I labeled these resources as 'thought patterns' so that students can begin to understand that their writing is informed and shaped by their thinking, first and foremost. So, these resources can be used to prompt a discussion about the different patterns of thought that exist. The questioning techniques can be used as Warm-Ups or Exit Tickets, and the example provided gives them one general idea of how the thought patterns translate into the writing. Check out my first two thought pattern resources: Order and Sequence Thought Pattern
and Contrast Thought Pattern
When and How to Use: When working on an assignment that requires comparison such as a compare/contrast essay, comparative journal, or an argumentative essay, students can refer to these two handouts in their interactive notebooks.
The Compare Thought Pattern Sentence Stems are excellent ways to differentiate for all of our special populations. Make sure you do practice using them first by modeling to the class how they might fill them in. These can be glued into an interactive notebook as a whole page or individually with various examples written underneath. They can also be laminated for use in a center or a supplemental aid folder.
The Compare Thought Pattern resource is meant for students to understand that certain words within the different parts of speech (conjunctive adverbs, coordinate conjunctions, and subordinate conjunctions) are meant for a certain task. So, this resource basically categorizes ALL those words they are supposed to remember to be using as transitions so writing isn’t choppy and aimless. Well, okay, this list is not definitive, but you can always add words to the categories. Students can pencil them into the boxes or add sticky notes as they find more and more transitional words that they may use when comparing. A brief explanation, questioning techniques, and an example is provided.