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Ch 9: Compare and Contrast: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9

About This Chapter

Include some multimedia fun in your class with these videos on comparing texts and structuring arguments. Ideas for class activities help incorporate the lessons in the classroom sessions.

Standard: Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9)

About This Chapter

While viewing these videos your students will gain greater understanding of how to find and compare/contrast similar information across multiple texts. Your students will also get a refresher on basic elements in portraying the source information in an essay. The videos in this chapter include instruction on:

  • Finding the main arguments in sources
  • Comparing/contrasting the sources
  • Writing and structuring arguments in an informative essay

Students who have a good grasp of these concepts will be able to gather information from several sources, determine which bits are consistent or divergent, and describe the results. They will develop strong research skills critical in achieving the Common Core State Standards for literacy.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

If you're trying to think of some good ways to include these video lessons in your instruction, here are some easy ideas.

Playacting: historical debates

Much of history is debated, with different parties giving sharply variant accounts of certain events and reasons for them. Make a list of various debates in the historical record (e.g. independence, federalism, and emancipation). On individual slips of paper, briefly summarize the setting and indicate one of two sides (each event should thus have two associated slips). Hand the slips out randomly to students. After watching the understanding arguments and compare/contrast sources videos, have your students conduct independent research on the debate and argue the side represented on their slip against the student assigned the opposing side.

Videos as homework

Have students complete one of the videos each evening (they are all short enough to fit in any schedule) and complete the brief quiz associated with it as homework. Present the chapter test in class after all videos have been watched as a quiz to check understanding.

Practicing comparative techniques

Watch the compare/contrast video in class. Reflect on a recent event in the school or other local news. Have several students present their account or understanding of the event. Instruct the class to construct a criteria-based table and use the point-by-point or block-by-block system to compare key points of the students' accounts.

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