Teaching Similarities and Differences

If you have read Marzano’s research in Classrooms That Work, you know that helping students identify similarities and differences is considered a “high yield” strategy for teaching content and helping students improve academic performance. You can use this technique with literature by asking student to write about how two stories connect to one another. Students should describe all of the ways that the two stories are similar and then how they are different. Provide a graphic organizer to help students organize their information prior to beginning to write their paper.