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Identify Relationships, Find Connections, Make Comparisons

Shift the focus from identifying relationships to using this information in new situations.

Young people need to be able to analyze and apply nonfiction information. They must also be able to make inferences from information through personal and content connections. Help children create connections by providing scaffolding for their inquiry such as guiding questions, concept maps, and examples.

Key words: analyzes, applies, appraise, breaks down, calculate, categorize, changes, chooses, compares, computes, construct, contrasts, deconstructs, demonstrates, differentiates, discriminates, distinguishes, dramatize, diagrams, illustrates, interpret, manipulates, modifies, operates, outlines, predictions, prepares, produces, relates, selects, separates, sketches, shows, solves, synthesize, uses, visualize.

Identify Relationships

Young people need to learn how to identify relationships in nonfiction. Identifying cause and effect relationships are difficult for children of all ages. Try different approaches to cause/effect such as varied Kidspiration and Inspiration templates.


Make Connections

Young people need to be able to organize information by grouping, classifying, categorizing, and seeking connections among information.

Make Comparisons

Students need to be able to make comparisons among the information found in informational texts.

Seek out texts that are organized to facilitate comparisons such as Daily Life: Pilgrims vs Wampanoag (Primary/Intermediate w/ audio support).


Explore the standards for subject area topics that provide opportunities for compare/contrast activities.

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