Choose Two to Compare


Tip: Chose Two to Compare

How do I do it?
Place key words your are studying on slips of paper in a cup or a bag. Volunteers choose (without looking) 2 slips and write them on the organizer.  Pre-write or determine the characteristics that will be compared for each item (e.g. size, shape, color; uses, strengths, weaknesses; structure, organization, purpose; goal, successes, failures; time period, key people, results, etc.)  Chart student responses. 

Variations & Extensions
Instead of using slips of paper with key words, place the actual items in the bag or in a box; have students make the comparisons individually or in pairs and then share whole class and discuss; add additional characteristics/categories of comparison; choose another item to compare; once the chart is complete, students write a paragraph comparing the 2 items.  Need more graphic organizer masters? This book has over 200!

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 4
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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