Ask students to select an organizer for comparing and contrasting, and most will choose a Venn Diagram or Double Bubble Map. But what if there are more than two items to analyze for similarities and differences?
Contents Frames help learners build knowledge about several items through a focused chart that identifies the items to analyze and the features of each item to use in the analysis.
Each “frame” of the chart contains content specific to one feature in one item. Positioning the frames in horizontal and vertical rows allows the learner to quickly compare and contrast the items.
These content frames are great for inputting information during learning and reviewing information after learning. Students can work as small teams to research and explain specific content in each frame.
Often teachers allow students to use the frames for writing tasks and tests that ask students to respond to higher order thinking questions.
Read more about Content Frames in Moving Beyond Quadrant A: Developing Rigor, Relevance, and Learner Engagement in Your Classroom.