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Crafting Comparison Papers (E-BOOK)

For Developing Writers of Grades 4-10

Author: Marcia Freeman

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ISBN 13: 978-1-934338-88-9
Maupin House Number: 141e

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Grades 4-10

Since comparison papers require students to describe both similarities and differences, they are often used as assessment tools in just about every subject. For this reason alone, developing writers should be taught how to craft effective comparison papers.

But teaching your students how to compose comparison papers also has a larger impact on their education—it prepares them to think more analytically, perform better in complex testing situations, and compare texts.

In Crafting Comparison Papers, Marcia S. Freeman fully explains the four instructional steps that develop comparison skills: understanding the concept of attributes; organizing attributes for comparison; building clear, coherent comparative paragraphs; and assembling effective comparison papers. She includes lessons with specific Target Skills™ to support your students' progress, and she suggests timelines that will help you plan your curriculum.

Throughout, Freeman's comprehensive approach and clear instructions make this book a unique and valuable resource for any teacher of developing writers.

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Table of Contents
Lesson: Comparing One Thing with Another using a Graphic Organizer

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"...a resource especially for teachers instructing students in grades 4-10 in the fine art of writing. Crafting Comparison Papers offers lessons to aid students in learning how to create papers that describe both similarities and differences -- a skill that will prove invaluable for both higher education and career-related writing. Lessons with specific "Target Skills™" to support student progress, guidelines for assessing student writing, recommendations for helping students learn how to organize a comparison paper and much more fill this solid supplementary tool, highly recommended for middle, junior high, and high school English teachers as well as homeschooling instructors."
-The Midwest Book Review, December 2006

"The opportunity to incorporate the writing of comparison papers arises frequently across the curriculum...Marcia Freeman makes the point that, as is the case in all aspects of teaching the craft of writing, teaching the craft of comparison must be explicit. She shows us how to do that in five chapters...The four steps of the instructional sequence for teaching the crafting of comparison papers are covered in depth: 1) Identifying and describing physical and abstract attributes by writing a descriptive paragraph, 2) Using a graphic organizer to compare by multiple attributes, 3) Writing a comparison paragraph using cue words and 4) Organizing and writing a multi-paragraph comparison paper. It's hard to make a misstep using the approach presented step-by-step."
-Teaching K-8 Magazine, October 2006, page 46

 

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