Lessons & Units :: Compare and Contrast 4th Grade Unit

Lesson 2: Writing Compare and Contrast Essays

Lesson Plan

Learning Goal
Write a compare and contrast essay.
Duration
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: “Frogs at Risk” Passage, “Follow that Koala” Passage, Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Graphic Organizer, Independent Practice Passages and Worksheet
Not Provided: chart paper, markers, lined paper
  • Teacher Modeling

    will model how to write a compare and contrast essay based on information from a Venn diagram. (Direct Teaching Example Essay is provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.) I will use the Venn diagram on frogs and koalas from Lesson 1. (Direct Teaching Example Graphic Organizer is provided below.) I will write a topic sentence, 1-3 sentences that compare, 1-3 sentences that contrast, and a concluding sentence.

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I write my compare and contrast essay? Students should respond that you first used the information from your Venn Diagram to write an introduction sentence. Then you wrote three sentences that described the similarities of frogs and koalas. Next, you wrote three sentences that described the differences between frogs and koalas. Finally, you wrote a concluding sentence for the paragraph.

  • Guided Practice

    will write a compare and contrast essay as a class using a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts dogs and cats (Guided Practice Example Graphic Organizer is provided below). Before starting to write, we will brainstorm other ways that dogs and cats are similar and different and add those facts to our Venn. We will think of a topic sentence, 1-3 sentences that compare, 1-3 sentences that contrast, and a concluding sentence to write our class essay. Note: After finishing the Guided Practice, you may want students to share their Venn diagrams from the Independent Practice for Lesson 1, so students can add details to their Venn diagrams before starting the Independent Practice for this lesson.

  • Independent Practice

    will write a compare and contrast essay using the information from the Venn diagram about The World Water Forum and the International Children’s Conference on the Environment from Lesson 1. You will use the template provided (see Student Independent Practice below) to help you structure the ideas in your essay.

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