COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAYS
Formative Assessments: TASKS
Read the article on Crocs and Gators by Martin Harris and identify the similarities and differences
between alligators and crocodiles in a Graphic Organizer
Students view videos and read the transcripts of a Kenyan and a Japanese classroom and compare and contrast them using a graphic organizer
Students analyze a mentor text about Space Travel
Students read the article on Killer Bees and fill in information in a Graphic Organizer
Students will compare and contrast Forest and Desert Elephants based on videos viewed

PERFORMANCE TASK 1
Students compare and contrast information from three sources to determine the reasons that have contributed to the declining panda population. They begin by watching the video "Wolong's Pandas" and taking notes on the reasons for the decline. Then they read the print text and take notes on new ideas. They place a check mark beside the ideas that occur in both sources. They should note any contradictory information. Then they watch the video "Bamboo Mountains" and take notes. Finally, they write a paragraph, based on information from the three sources that draws conclusions about why panda numbers are declining.

PERFORMANCE TASK 2
Read the articles The Flight of Ellen and William Craft and Frederick Douglass's Escape. Both Ellen and William Craft and Frederick Douglass used their intelligence and resourcefulness to escape to freedom. .
  • Explain the similarities and differences in the challenges they faced and the plans they pursued in two or more paragraphs.
  • Explain your response with specific textual evidence.
Summative Assessments:
  1. Some of the different types of races are the NYC Marathon, and the Iditarod. Both races require
  2. competitors possess specific qualities and skills. Read the articles and write an essay to
  • Describe the qualities and skills of a good Marathon runner.
  • Describe the qualities and skills of a good Iditarod musher (driver).
  • Explain the similarities and differences that exist between the qualities and skills of a Marathon runner and an Iditarod musher.
  • Use details from both the passages in your response.
2. Reflection on their own progress comparing the on demand essay with the final assessment task.