Looking to engage your students and increase their reading comprehension abilities? Hoping to be more effective and make better use of your time? Then this powerpoint lesson is for you! This lesson is designed to assist students in the understanding and acquisition of the reading comprehension skills of comparing and contrasting. The lesson begins with a connection to prior knowledge, followed by direct instruction into the skill. The skill is then applied throughout the reading of "Picasso" making use of scaffolding to assist English language learners. Numerous visuals are embedded into the slides to increase student interest and facilitate discussion. This lesson is paginated to the Open Court Reading 2000 series, but can be easily adapted to fit your needs! Give it at try, it will work for you too!