Compare and Contrast
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What does Compare and Contrast mean?
Compare is to think about how two things are alike.
Contrast is to think about how two things are different.

Why is Compare and Contrast an important reading strategy?
Understanding similarities and differences helps us to connect ideas together.  We can learn about
something new by using compare and contrast with something we know more about.  Being able
compare and contrast helps us to make a better decision when choosing between two things.

How do we use Compare and Contrast to help us understand what we are reading?
As you read, ask the question, "How are these two things the same?  How are these two things different?"
Look for signal words such as:  alike, both, also, difference, on the other hand, and unlike.
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