Compare, Contrast, Comprehend by Mariam Jean Dreher and Jennifer Letcher Gray
In this article, we will explore ways to address these three issues when using the compare-contrast text structure with ELL students in the primary grades. Specifically, we will explain the following:
- How to teach students to identify the compare– contrast text structure, and to use this structure to support their comprehension.
- How to use compare–contrast texts to activate and extend students’ background knowledge.
- How to use compare–contrast texts to help stu- dents expand and enrich their vocabulary.
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Originally published in The Reading Teacher. Volume 63, Issue 2. October 2009. Pages 132-141.