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Lesson 8 - Compare and Contrast Essay: Plan Introduction

teaches Common Core State Standards W.6.9.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/6/9/a
teaches Common Core State Standards W.6.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/6/5
teaches Common Core State Standards W.6.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/6/4
teaches Common Core State Standards W.6.2.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/6/2/a
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1

Lesson 8 - Compare and Contrast Essay: Plan Introduction

To learn more about this lesson and English Language Learner considerations, read the Lesson 8 Narrative and Lesson 8 Teacher's Guide for ELLs found under the Additional Materials tab.

Focus Standards (These are the standards the instruction addresses.)  

  • CCSS.RL.6.1NC.RL.6.1CCSS.RL.6.7NC.RL.6.7CCSS.W.6.2.aNC.W.6.2.bCCSS.W.6.2.bNC.W.6.2.cCCSS.W.6.4CCSS.W.6.5NC.W.6.2.aNC.W.6.3.aCCSS.W.6.5CCSS.W.6.9.aNC.W.6.1.aNC.W.6.2.aNC.W.6.3.aNC.W.6.1.gNC.W.6.2.hNC.W.6.2.gNC.W.6.2

Supporting Standards (These are the standards that are incidental—no direct instruction in this lesson, but practice of these standards occurs as a result of addressing the focus standards.) 

  • CCSS.W.6.10CCSS.SL.6.1CCSS.L.6.6NC.L.6.6NC.SL.6.1

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can compare and contrast what I see and hear when I read the text to what I perceive when I watch the same scene of the film. 
  • I can plan the introduction of a compare and contrast essay with a strong focus statement. 

Purpose of Lesson

  • In this lesson, students participate in a Language Dive in preparation for their compare and contrast essays. Students begin planning the focus statement and the introduction of their essay.

In Advance

  • Review the student tasks and example answers to get familiar with what students will be required to do in the lesson (see Materials list).
  • Record the following on the board for students as they arrive:
    • Retrieve and review your Compare and Contrast Film and Text: The Lightning Thief Note-Catcher. Put a star next to one of your observations about a similarity or difference, and be ready to share it with the whole group during our discussion.
  • Strategically pair students for work in Opening A with at least one strong reader per pair.
  • Preview the Language Dive Guide, and invite conversation among students to address the language goals suggested under each sentence chunk strip (see Materials list). Select from the questions and goals provided to best meet students' needs.
  • Prepare copies of handouts for students, including Entrance Tickets (see Materials list).
  • Post the learning targets and applicable anchor charts (see Materials list).

Vocabulary

  • Academic (Tier Two):  differences, reveal, similarities 
  • Domain-Specific (Tier Three): comparison, introduction

Materials from Previous Lessons

Teacher

  • Compare and Contrast Film and Text: The Lightning Thief Note-Catcher (Example for Teacher Reference) (from Unit 2, Lesson 7, Work Time B)
  • Close Readers Do These Things Anchor Chart (For Teacher Reference) (one to display; from Unit 1, Lesson 4, Opening A)
  • Academic word wall (begun in Unit 1, Lesson 1, Opening A)
  • Work to Become Effective Learners Anchor Chart (one to display; begun in Unit 1, Lesson 5, Work Time A)
  • Work to Become Effective Learners Anchor Chart (Example for Teacher Reference) (from Unit 1, Lesson 5, Work Time A)
  • Annotated Compare and Contrast Model Essay (For Teacher Reference) (from Unit 2, Lesson 6, Work Time A)
  • Domain-specific word wall (begun in Unit 1, Lesson 1, Opening A)

Student

  • Compare and Contrast Film and Text: The Lightning Thief Note-Catcher (one per student; from Unit 2, Lesson 7, Work Time B)
  • Vocabulary logs (one per student; begun in Unit 1, Lesson 2, Work Time B)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (one per student; text; from Unit 1, Lesson 1, Work Time C)
  • Compare and Contrast Model Essay (one per student; from Unit 2, Lesson 6, Work Time A)
  • Painted Essay® Template (one per student; from Unit 2, Lesson 6, Work Time C)

New Materials

Teacher

  • Language Dive Guide: Compare and Contrast Model Essay Focus Statement (For Teacher Reference)
  • Language Dive: Compare and Contrast Model Essay Focus Statement Note-Catcher (Example for Teacher Reference)
  • Language Dive: Compare and Contrast Model Essay Focus Statement Sentence Chunk Strips (one to display)
  • Colored pencil (red)
  • Criteria for an Effective Informative Essay Anchor Chart (Example for Teacher Reference)
  • Informative Writing Checklist (Example for Teacher Reference)
  • Criteria for an Effective Informative Essay Anchor Chart (one to display; co-created during Work Time B)
  • Informative/Explanatory Writing Plan Graphic Organizer (Example for Teacher Reference)

Student

  • Language Dive: Compare and Contrast Model Essay Focus Statement Note-Catcher (one per student)
  • Informative Writing Checklist (one per student and one to display)
  • Informative/Explanatory Writing Plan Graphic Organizer (one per student and one to display)

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