Compare and contrast


Description

  • Compare = identifying similarities
  • Contrast = identifying differences

Example

  • The most classic compare and contrast graphic organizer is the Venn diagram:
  • Venn2.png
  • A comparison matrix can be used when more than one attribute or characteristic is to be compared (from references #2)
  • excelmatrix.jpg
  • A semantic feature analysis is useful as an assessment for students to gauge their understanding:
  • SemanticFeature.gif
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Resources

  1. Identifying Similarities and Differences - http://classroom.leanderisd.org/webs/marzano/identifying_similarities_and_differences.htm - has many graphic organizers.
  2. Putting the Pieces Together - http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/VSTE/2008/1simdiff.htm - has links to technology
  3. Read • Write • Think - http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=54 - has more detailed information and examples.
  4. Web 2.0 That Works, another wiki devoted to the strategy of identifying similarities and differences - http://web2thatworks.com/index.php?title=Summarizing_and_Note-Taking - with examples and explanations that relate to use of technology in the classroom.
  5. For additional examples, templates and graphic organizers, search the Internet for "Identifying Similarities and Differences."