Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Compare and Contrast
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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Brief Description: Students will practice using key words to signal compare and contrast.
Know Before You Start: This lesson is intended to help students use key words when speaking and writing to express their ideas on how two things are similar or different.
Read and discuss the sample comic.
Discuss how in English, you can use certain words to compare people, things, or ideas to show how they are similar or the same.
In addition, you can use certain words to contrast, or tell how people, things, or ideas are different.
Create a T-chart of words that signal compare and contrast, e.g., also, like, too, same, similar, both; but, differ, however, unlike, while.
Write down topic pairs on index cards and have students choose a pair, e.g., whales and sharks, dogs and cats, two favorite movies, two favorite video games.
Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that compares and contrasts their topic pair.
Display sentence frames and/or signal words for students to use in their comic.
- Have students present their comics to the whole group or in pairs.
- Allow students to use speech-to-text as needed.
- Allow students to work in pairs as needed.
Print out the comic and have students highlight the signal words they used.
Adapt sentence frames to match student language level.
Allow students to come up with their own topic pair.
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