This SmartBoard Template supports student use of my shape based compare and contrast graphic organizer. The strategy works well for students who can't use a typical Venn Diagram. The graphic organizer encourages the use of transition words when contrasting topics. I have had students use this format when using text based information and/or for general comparisons. When given a choice of graphic organizer to use, my students consistently select this strategy. Once they are comfortable with the format, they are able to construct the graphic organizer on their own.
By Sara Tompkins