LESSON SIX: Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Texts
o R3C The student will use details from the text to compare and contrast two nonfiction texts
Sources of Literature
o Two nonfiction texts
o Compare/contrast graphic organizer
Words to know
o graphic organizer
Listen to student discussion. Ask each pair of students to list one similarity and one difference in their texts in an oral format.
1. Read two nonfiction texts to students on a related subject such as the water cycle.
Have you read a nonfiction book?
What are some of the differences between a nonfiction and a fiction book?
2. While reading, do a think aloud of how the texts are alike and different.
What are some of the differences you see between the two books I read?
What are some of the similarities between the two books I read?
Why do you think the two books are different?
Do you remember in the first text how this was stated differently?
Do you think the information is easier to understand in the first or second text? Why?
Text suggestions could be student news magazine, science text, and nonfiction library book.
Orally share differences of texts while reading. For example, “I noticed in the first book that there were pictures with captions but I don’t see any in this book (text).”
Use a provided T-chart to compare and contrast.
3. Place students in small groups. Provide them with related nonfiction texts and ask them to compare and contrast information through discussion.