Lesson Plan

Focus on the Similarities

Use this lesson to teach your students to describe the similarities between stories with words that signal comparison. This lesson can stand-alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *The Same or Different? You Decide!* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the The Same or Different? You Decide! lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the The Same or Different? You Decide! lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to compare and contrast story elements from two fictional stories with similar characters.

Language

Students will be able to describe the similarities between two stories with specific vocabulary using sentence structures.

Introduction

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  • Facilitate a Think-Pair-Share by asking students to think about what it means to compare. Give students time to think independently, and then have them discuss with partners. Share out as a class.
  • Define compare as finding what is the same between two things.
  • Tell students that today they will be looking for the similarities between two stories, and learning a way to describe them with specific words.