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Writing Skills: Compare and Contrast Using Quotations

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7th, 8th, 9th
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This series of worksheets introduces students to the writing tasks of comparing and contrasting two or more pieces of written material. Additionally, the student will learn how to identify exact phrases or sentences from the pieces to use as supporting quotes, exemplifying how the pieces are similar and different. The basic definitions of "compare" and "contrast" start this worksheet series, along with an explanation of what a "quote" is and how to use it properly (to cite the author). The suggestion is made for students to read through two pieces of writing, and highlight or underline exact phrases or sentences for quotation use when contents are still fresh in mind. These highlighted/underlined passages are then used to support and exemplify the comparison or contrast within a brief essay. The steps of reading, highlighting, organizing quotes, and writing an essay are all done for the student initially as s/he reads through a simple essay involving a "fork" and "spoon" within the context of a children's series. Next, the student is given two biographies, which have easy-to-notice comparisons and contrasts. This second task for the student begins actually writing an essay, but guides the student to highlight or underscore similarities/differences throughout the two biographical passages. By using the highlighting method, the student learns how to find and organize supporting quotes as well as practice citing the source. A second practice task begins with two articles, both of which deal with topics relating to healthy living. With this task, the student is given an outline or chart to fill-in quotations found in the two articles. This outline is an excellent means of practicing the organization of compare and contrast essays. Finally, the last task involves the student by reading two personal letters written in different time periods. Again, the student is prompted to use the highlight method of identifying quotes, but is also urged to fill-in the portion of the outline method used for organizing quotes. The goal of this sequence of worksheets is to give students knowledge and practice for writing compare and contrast essays with the use of quotations and their citations. The sample at the beginning includes all "answers" (a written essay), good for discussion and explanation. The other tasks have enough of the completed outlines to make it easy for the teacher to call on students to offer their "fill-in" quotes as answers. Only student-originated essays are not provided, since there are many combinations of comparison points as well as contrasting points for students to compose their essay. This is a 12-page very interactive, and step-by-step approach to teaching this type of essay for test prep as well as writing skills. (All pieces of writing which students use for reading and locating quotations are written by myself, Debra A. Boyle, M.Ed., but under different pen names, so that the student will be able to use the author's name to differentiate between pieces and properly cite the source. Thus, all material is originally written by the originator of this curriculum.)
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Writing Skills: Compare and Contrast Using Quotations
Writing Skills: Compare and Contrast Using Quotations
Writing Skills: Compare and Contrast Using Quotations
Writing Skills: Compare and Contrast Using Quotations
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