New GCSE English Language - Comparing and Contrasting
This informative and engaging double lesson aims to improve students’ ability to compare and contrast two different texts based on a similar subject. They will focus particularly on the purpose, audience, language, and structure of texts, and will learn to use comparing and contrasting connectives to highlight any similarities and differences. This has always been a crucial skill in English, but has an increased importance in the new GCSE for English Language, as there is a greater requirement for students to be able to make links and comparisons between texts.

The lesson follows a clear and logical learning journey, with students learning to:
- Understand the key terms 'compare' and 'contrast', and the importance of these skills in English;
- Categorise the different features that they can compare, under the headings 'Purpose', 'Audience', 'Language' and 'Structure;'
- Read (and identify the key features within) two morally and ethically intriguing texts, offering diverse views of young people in the media;
-Compare the two texts, using a clear and concise template, and newly-acquired knowledge of different types of connectives;
- Peer-assess each other's comparative essay attempts.

Included in this resource pack are:
- Whole double lesson, colourful and engaging PowerPoint presentation (Including assessment for learning referral slides)
- Cards for card-sorting activity;
- Two interesting and thought-provoking non-fiction media extracts (one a newspaper extract from The Evening Standard, and another a persuasive leaflet, both focused on the issue of how young people are perceived.)
- Template for main comparative analysis task;
- Full teacher guidance plan.

All images are licensed for commercial use and are cited on the final slide of the PowerPoint presentation
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  • Comparing-and-Contrasting-Texts.pptx
  • Comparing-and-Contrasting-Template.docx
  • Students-who-Attack-Teachers-Article.docx
  • Pressure-on-Teenagers-Persuasive-Piece.docx
  • Comparing-and-Contrasting-Texts---Lesson-Guidance.docx
  • Card-Game---Features-of-'PALS'.docx

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Created: May 23, 2016

Updated: Feb 18, 2019

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