LC Module: Comparison Thinkers
GC305-S3 – Clarify and Classify – Following lesson, Alexa or Instructor will guide students, individually, with a partner, in a small group and/or class to brainstorm the key concepts learned in the lesson, either by listing the concepts on individual Concept Squares (slips of paper or index cards, cut in half) or a blank sheet of paper. Next, teacher-provided or self-generated categories will be used to clarify, classify and categorize the related individual concepts together. Last, students will share their rationale and criterion for grouping the items into each selected category.
GC304-S3 – Justification with Argumentation Skills – Justification with Argumentation is to state and defend an opinion on a critical question using reasoning and argument based upon evidence. Using a three step process, Alexa or Instructor will lead students, individually, with a partner or small group, to respond with a written opinion to the Critical Question from the lesson. Students will begin by writing that it is their opinion that so and so. Then, students will compile and write what evidence they have to support their opinion. Next, they will describe an opposing view on their paper, noting how these two opinions compare and contrast. Last, students will share their response, if requested.
GC303-S2 – Venn Diagram Comparison Chart – Experts claim that identifying and understanding similarities and differences might be the “core” of all learning. As directed, after lesson, individually, with a partner or small group, Alexa or Instructor will lead students in developing a Venn Diagram, showing similarities and contrast of two related items or concepts from the lessons. First, students will create a list of characteristics for each concept or object and star the ones that are similar in both columns. Next, three circles will be drawn on a page overlapping the center circle equally. The starred characteristics will be inserted into the center circle column and the remaining characteristics added to the appropriate columns.
GC302-S4 – Comparison Thought Chart – Discovering similarities and differences is the “core” of all learning because it enhances students’ understanding of and ability to use knowledge. Following the lesson, as directed, individually, with a partner or small group, Alexa or Instructor will guide students in identifying similarities and differences of a concept or object within the lesson. To compare the different components of two objects or concepts within the lesson, students will be directed to complete a comparison assignment, use the existing Comparison Chart format provided.
GC301-S3 – Metaphor Comparison Map – Metaphors increase connection, understanding, retention and long-term retrieval. Using a three-step process, Alexa or Instructor will lead students, individually, with a partner or small group, to develop a Metaphor Sentence Map using a person, place, object or concept from the lesson. A metaphor does not use words, such as like or as. Instead, one thing is said to be another, such as “She is a Walking Dictionary”, “You are My Sunshine” or “It is Raining Cats and Dogs”.
GC300-S3 – Analogy and Simile Comparison Map – Using a three step process, Alexa or Instructor will lead students, individually, with a partner or small group, to develop Comparison Maps. First, students will be provided with simile and analogy examples. Then, students will be guided to create their own maps from a list of tangible objects or ideas from today’s lesson. Last, students will be directed to develop their own comparisons using an object or idea from the lesson and their own personal world.
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