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Compare & Contrast Two Texts on the Same Topic


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Compare & Contrast Two Texts on the Same Topic

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Let's compare and contrast two texts on the same topic!

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: "Pearl, today's the day. We're going to FINALLY pick our next vacation!" : "After reorganizing your entire sea urchin collection, I'm MORE THAN READY!" Let's help Otis and Pearl choose a location by finding... Similarities and Differences of Nonfiction Text. A nonfiction text tells you REAL and TRUE information about a certain topic. A topic is what the text is about. When you compare and contrast in reading, you are looking for things that are the sameor similar... and things that are different. Let's look at these illustrations and compare and contrast them! (...) What is the same? Take your time to look at each picture. (...) We can see that both illustrations have a blue sky and clouds. Now, what is different? Take your time to look at each picture. (...) We can see that THIS illustration has birds and THIS illustration has an apple tree. Otis and Pearl have two texts on the same topic, countries where they want to vacation. Let's read Otis' text first and then compare and contrast it with Pearl's. The first text says, 'Peru has rainforests, (...) beaches, (...) deserts, (...) and mountains. You can ride a llama up Rainbow Mountain. (...) Mostly everyone speaks Spanish.' The second text says, 'Mexico has beaches, (...) deserts, (...) rainforests, (...) and mountains. Most people speak Spanish. (...) There are pyramids you can explore.' We can compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Peru and Mexico using a venn diagram. What is shared by or the same about Peru and Mexico? (...) We ALWAYS write similarities HERE in a venn diagram because this space is SHARED by both sides. Peru and Mexico both have beaches, (...) mountains, (...) deserts, (...) rainforests, and mostly everyone speaks Spanish. Now let's look at the differences between the two countries. We can write the differences between Peru HERE and Mexico HERE. Peru has llamas and Rainbow Mountain... and Mexico has pyramids. Before we see which country Pearl and Otis choose, let's review. Remember,(...) we can compare and contrast texts about the same topic to find what's the same or similar.... or what's different! You can do this by using a Venn diagram... to help compare the similarities and differences. : "Peru is SO beautiful!" : "I know! Alright, llama LET'S GO!"

Compare & Contrast Two Texts on the Same Topic exercise

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  • What is a nonfiction text?


    If the text is talking about things that actually happened, real people, or factual information, it's likely to be nonfiction.

    It is something that could happen in the real world.

    Nonfiction texts have a purpose to inform, explain, or persuade.


    A nonfiction is a writing that presents factual information about real people, events, or topics.

  • What is the meaning of the terms 'compare' and 'contrast'?


    When comparing, focus on identifying shared characteristics, features, or qualities between two or more things.

    For contrasting, pay attention to the unique aspects that distinguish them.


    Comparing means:

    • finding similarities or likenesses
    • identifying common characteristics
    • highlighting shared aspects.

    Contrasting means:

    • finding differences
    • identifying unique characteristics
    • highlighting distinctions
  • What method should Otis and Pearl use to compare and contrast information about sharks?


    Think about what strategies of comparison you could use that will allow you to see what is similar and different in texts.

    Start by identifying and recording the similarities between the two items in one circle, then move on to the unique characteristics in each separate circle.


    Otis and Pearl decide to compare and contrast the information about sharks by using a Venn diagram.

  • How can a Venn diagram be helpful in comparing and contrasting information?


    The overlapping part of a Venn diagram represents the similarities or commonalities between the compared items.

    If there's an element or trait in the overlapping section, it means it is shared by both.

    The non-overlapping sections of the circles in a Venn diagram are used for representing the unique characteristics or differences between the items being compared.


    A Venn diagram can be helpful by organizing information in a visual way that shows similarities in the overlapping section and differences in the separate sections.

  • Compare and contrast the sport choices of Mia and Jake.


    When comparing and contrasting, pay attention to specific details that highlight the similarities and differences between the subjects.

    Look for unique characteristics that set them apart and shared features that connect them.

    One similarity is that they both like playing team sports.


    Both Mia and Jake like playing sports.

    The similarity is that they like playing team sports and scoring points.

    The difference is that Mia likes playing soccer outside, and Jake prefers playing basketball inside.

  • What are some ways to find out what's the same and what's different between two things?


    When comparing two things, pay attention to words that show what is the same (like, both, same) and what is different (unlike, different).

    Use your eyes to see details and your ears to listen for information.

    Look at pictures or listen to what people say about the things you are comparing.

    This can help you understand how they are similar and different.


    Emphasize on the importance of looking at both similarities and differences, using tools like lists or charts, seeking input from others, and considering the context of the comparison.

    The correct answers are:

    • Look at things they have in common and things that are different.
    • Focus on the details that show what is the same and what is not the same.
    • Use tools like lists or charts to help organize the information.
    • Ask others for their opinions on the similarities and differences.
    • Use examples and stories to explain the points of comparison.