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  1. Strategies from Classroom Instruction that Works Identifying Similarities and Differences: Compare, Contrast, and Categorize

  2. Many Ways to Categorize

  3. What do they have in common? • House • War • Finger

  4. What do they have in common? • Shells • Elbow • Bowtie

  5. What do they have in common? • Coffee • Class • Check

  6. What do they have in common? • Stink • Time • Hydrogen

  7. What do they have in common? • Waitress • Iceberg • Tongue

  8. Why Compare, Contrast, and Categorize? • Helps activate prior knowledge • Creates a greater depth of understanding of your class concepts • Allows students to create connections among class concepts, which increases learning and retentions • Allows students to see an overall pattern that information is connected and teaches them the cognitive skills needed to further their own understanding of other topics

  9. Disciplinary Literacy Connection • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading: • Standard 9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take. • Standard 5: Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene or stanza) relate to each other and the whole. • Standard 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

  10. Effectiveness Project • Items you create here today and the literacy standards may help you create the documents you need for your evaluation.

  11. Strategy Note Sheet • We will cover the following strategies today • Venn Diagram at the Promethean Board • Stations • What do they have in common? • Google Drive: Using the Promethean to sort and categorize • Sort It • Recycled Vocabulary Squares for sorting • Semantic Feature Analysis • Magic Box Metaphors • The Stoplight Method • Use the note sheet to keep track of what you learned, questions you have, or ideas for how you can use the strategy in your classes