Second Grade Nest: Comparing Texts Using Paired Passages

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Comparing Texts Using Paired Passages


Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities
Comparing text is a FAVORITE activity of mine. It's not always the easiest to teach, but I always find it so fun. Now, this blog post is going to be a bit different from my Exploring ELA Comparing Texts. That is because common core's comparing text standards are within the domains, so fiction vs fiction and nonfiction vs nonfiction. That is where paired passages are different. That's where these add-ins are so fun to teach. If you're standards based, try plugging these in for a week or two, or even throughout the year in centers! Having students find details from fiction and nonfiction texts about a topic is a great skill.
If you're looking for the skill of comparing fiction to fiction and nonfiction to nonfiction, come back soon for that blog post! 
Today, we will discuss comparing fiction to nonfiction text.

Teach what paired passages are first. 
Introduce the topic with an anchor chart or a KWL chart that the students fill out together. Make sure the students know the reason why they are going to read paired passages.
Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities


Use mentor texts as examples.
Before you start expecting students to read paired passages on their own, you need to start with a few mentor texts to compare. Grab a fictional story that you really like and then find a nonfiction text to match it. This will help the students see the similarities between facts from fiction and nonfiction. Check out the links under the picture to grab my affiliate links to Amazon.
Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities
(Texts: Horses Up Close! and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa)
(Texts: Spiders and Diary of a Spider)
(Texts: Storms and Thundercake)


Let them practice a lot!
First, you will read both texts together. I always chose to do choral reading with me, as I tracked the stories under the document camera. So we will read our fictional story and our nonfiction story.
Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities

Then, you dive into your fiction story. This may be an entire day's work, or even two or three days worth of work. When reading fiction stories, students should be marking up their texts, underlining their important details, and answering questions with text dependent answers.
Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities

After you finish studying your fiction story, you move on to your nonfiction text. You can choose to simply read and answer questions in one day, or expand it over a couple days and include fact writing and research.
Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities

And finally, you wrap up your comparing text unit with your comparison pages. Before you ask students to compare these two texts on their own, allow them to work on groups of 3 or 4. They can make a Venn diagram together. This will help them vocalize their thoughts before being asked for the cumulative writing comparison.
Quick tip on students making their own Venn diagram. Tell them to fold in into thirds an draw the circles in only two of the rectangles. Helps with the sizes of the circles.


Resources to Use! 
There are many options in my TPT store that you can choose from for Paired Passages.
You can choose to teach paired texts with fairy tales.
You can choose to teach paired texts with seasonal topics.
Or you can choose to teach paired texts with general nonfiction topics.
Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities      Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities

(Link: Fairy Tale Paired Passages)

Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities      Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities
(Link: Paired Passages Bundle)

Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities     Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities
(Link: Paired Passages)


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Teaching paired passages in primary classrooms- tips to help students engage in paired passages or paired texts- reading activities

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