The Solution to Reading Comprehension
Lessons & Units
Compare and Contrast 3rd Grade Unit
Lesson 1 Using Compare and Contrast Key Words Use compare and contrast key words to compare two objects.
Lesson 2 Compare and Contrast Settings Compare and contrast a subject in a nonfiction book.
- Have students read Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary, and compare and contrast Beezus and Ramona using a Venn diagram or T-chart. This activity can be repeated with any two characters in a fiction book.
- Have students read Compare and Contrast reading passages and answer the compare and contrast questions at the end of passages. (Passages are available on the website.)
Have students read a book and watch the corresponding movie. Students can then complete a Venn diagram or a T-chart comparing and contrasting the book and the movie. Examples of books and movies include:
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Babe, the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
- Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Have students write a report comparing and contrasting two topics in nonfiction (preferably related to science and social studies content standards). For example:
- Ancient Greece and today
- Ancient China and today
- Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
- George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
- Have students continue to write comparison essays on characters from independent reading books. Have students answer the writing prompt: Which character do you admire most and why?