6th Grade - Compare And Contrast

 
     
 
     
 
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6th
Reading and Comprehension
Compare and contrast
Analyze text that uses the compare-and-contrast organizational pattern.
Understand and explain content of text that uses comparison and contrast.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does the word “compare” mean? (To find similarities) What does “contrast” mean? (to find differences)

(2)

How are hamburgers and hot dogs alike?


(3)

How are hamburgers and hot dogs different?


(4)

How could I express this in a graphic organizer? (Venn diagram – see Attachment 1)


(5)

How could I organize an essay about the similarities and differences between them?


(6)

What are some clues that tell you that you are reading a compare-and-contrast text? (“like,” “similarly,” “although,” “however,” “but”; topic sentences; different paragraphs on different topics)


Learning Tips

(1)

Draw a Venn diagram.

(2)

Read the article “Athens and Sparta: Different Yet the Same” (http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/worldhistory/athenssparta.htm). As you read, look for similarities and differences between the two city-states.

(3)

Fill in the Venn diagram with at least 3 similarities and 3 differences.

(4)

Write one paragraph about similarities and one paragraph about differences between Athens and Sparta. Put the information in your own words.

(5)

Read “Athens and Sparta” (http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/essays/comp/cw04AthensSparta32120902.htm). Make a list of all the “clue” words relating to comparison and contrast. (e.g. “on the contrary”; “in contrast”). Was the information similar to what you read in the other essay?

(6)

Add any new information to the Venn diagram you made.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Read about frogs and toads at http://allaboutfrogs.org/weird/general/frogtoad.html or another website of your choosing. Write a brief essay comparing and contrasting frogs and toads.

(2)

Find information on the Internet about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Create a Venn diagram comparing the two.

(3)

Make lists of things that would be fun to compare and contrast.

(4)

Draw a picture expressing the similarities and differences between any items on your list.

(5)

Write a poem about how you are like and unlike other members of your family. Use family photos for inspiration.

(6)


In general, are you the kind of person who sees mostly similarities or differences? Discuss with your parents and friends.

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