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Teaching the Compare/Contrast Essay

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Teaching the Compare/Contrast Essay

Students Engaged with Teacher in Class

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The compare/contrast essay is easy and rewarding to teach because:

  • You can convince students there is a reason for learning it.
  • You can teach it effectively in a few steps.
  • You can see students' critical thinking skills improve as they learn to write the essay.
  • Once mastered, students feel proud of their ability to systematically compare and contrast two subjects.

In this feature you will find:

Additional On Site Writing Resources

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Great Writing Resources
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Rubrics you can download and photocopy.

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Writing Across the Curriculum Part I - How to Grade It Fast and Review Online
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Writing Across the Curriculum Part II - Writing Prompts
Excellent prompts from most curriculum areas to help integrate writing into the classroom.

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Updated by Melissa Kelly

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