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Objective: The students will draft their essays using their graphic organizers and Venn diagrams.
2 Minute edit:
Display the following sentence on the board.
Victor fell asleep during class victor had to do his work during recess.
Have students spend 1 minute talking with their teams about the sentence. They should try to identify all of the mistakes they see.
After one minute have a class discussion about how to fix the sentence. Make the corrections on the board.
Victor fell asleep during class, so he had to do his work during recess.
Victor had to do his work during recess, because he fell asleep during recess.
Victor fell asleep during call, and he had to do his work during recess.
Victor fell asleep during class. Victor had to do his work during recess.
Review the writing prompt and scoring guide with the class.
Have students individually review the Venn diagrams they created for their compare and contrast essays. Some students may need to complete the planning process. Allow 5-10 minutes for students to work on these if necessary.
Tell the students that before they draft their writing pieces, you will model this
process for them.
Display the Venn diagram on the board.
Model using a Think Aloud:
Ok, first I need an introduction that catches the reader’s attention. I don’t want to say “My mom and dad are the same but different.” That would be boring. Hmm, I know! I’ll say, “Kids say that all parents are the same. Well, not at my house.”
Next I need to say how they are the same. I will look at the middle of my Venn diagram or similarities. I need to make sure I am using lots of compare words when I tell how they are the same.
Compare Words are:
Next, I need to say how they are different. I will look at the outside part of my Venn diagram to tell how they are different. I need to make sure I am using lots of contrast words when I tell how they are different, not just the same word over and over.
Contrast Words are:
Finally I need to have a conclusion, an ending that wraps up the whole thing. I think I’ll say, “Look at your parents and see what you think.”
Ask the students what you did as you drafted your compare and contrast essay.
Ask them if they have any questions about drafting.
Remind them that drafting should be done independently, and quietly.
Distribute lined paper and have students write their drafts independently.
Students place graphic organizers and completed drafts into their team’s
folder to be evaluated for progress.
Was it hard to use different compare and contrast words?
Have some students share sentences they used with new compare and contrast