Upgrading Compare and Contrast Writing

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Students will use key words to upgrade their compare and contrast writing from a mere list of facts to a deeper analysis.


  1. Students pick the two related topics and brainstorm facts about them, noting which are facts unique to one of the topics and which are shared.
  2. Students look for three patterns in their brainstormed facts, these will eventually become the paragraphs students write.
  3. They add one of five keywords to their patterns to add a layer of analysis.
  4. Students write out a paragraph using the keyword plus pattern.


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