#081: How and Why to Teach Your Students to Compare and Contrast

When’s the last time you talked about comparing and contrasting and didn’t use a Venn diagram? Venn diagrams and comparing and contrasting seem to just go together, don’t they? It’s not the only way…


Did you know there are many benefits of being able to compare and contrast? Here's a few...

Comparing and contrasting is a strategy that helps us evaluate various aspects of a text. It prepares your students for higher-level analysis of texts. When your students compare and contrast, they are improving their comprehension of the text by drawing their attention to important details. Students are clarifying their thinking and looking deeper at a text. This improves their memory of the text as well. And that's just the beginning...

There's lots of activities we can use for teaching comparing and contrasting. It's a simple reading comprehension strategy to teach and to use with endless possibilities.

Listen in to the full episode to find out:

  • The full benefits of comparing and contrasting.
  • Ways to use this important strategy in reading.
  • Why the ability to compare and contrast is a life skill.
  • What Marzano's research says comparing and contrasting can do for your students.
  • 4 simple, effective compare and contrast activities you can use right away.

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