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A Pair of Anything

Brian Rowland

Description

Students utilize a Venn diagram as a prewriting strategy.

Objectives

The student selects and uses appropriate pre-writing strategies, such as brainstorming, graphic organizers, and outlines.

Materials

-Venn diagram charts

Preparations

Gather the materials needed.

Procedures

Authentic Context:
You are a writer, preparing for a comparison-contrast essay about two friends, relatives, or teachers. Using either a Venn diagram or a chart, record the similarities and differences between two friends, relatives, or teachers as a prewriting exercise before completing the essay.

Knowledge/Skills:
Students will be able to utilitze a Venn diagram as a prewriting strategy.

Procedure:
1. Teacher facilitates a discussion of the benefits of brainstorming.
2. Teacher gives a visual demonstration on the board or overhead of a Venn diagram.
3. Teacher models using the Venn diagram, asking students to provide similarities and differences for two teachers (athletes, stars, etc.) that students know.
4. Students create a Venn diagram or a chart that shows the similarities and differences.
5. Students take the information from the Venn diagram and turn it into an outline for their papers.
6. Students assess their own work using the rubric developed.

Assessments

Criteria Assessment

Excellent ...............................................Not Yet
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1. Student has selected two appropriate items friends, relatives or teachers to compare and contrast.
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2. Student has selected appropriate characteristics on which to compare the two.
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3. Student has brainstormed effectively and developed sufficient details in order to write a paper.
4...............3...............2...............1...............0

4. Student has effectively used a Venn diagram or chart to record results of brainstorming.
4...............3...............2...............1...............0

5. Student has effectively turned the graphic organizer
information into an outline.
4...............3...............2...............1...............0

6. Student has effectively completed the outline to
include all necessary parts of the comparison-contrast
paper.
4...............3...............2...............1...............0


Self-reflection
How will this contrast/comparison chart assist you in completing the essay?

Extensions

Enhancement:
Students may complete an H-map comparison/contrast advanced graphic organizer in place of a Venn diagram.
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