Compare And Contrast 4th Grade Essay

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • LCD Projector hooked to a computer with a word processor, or an overhead projector

  • Word processor software

  • General classroom supplies (pencils, paper, etc.)

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Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Comparison and Contrast Guide

The Comparison and Contrast Guide outlines the characteristics of the genre and provides direct instruction on the methods of organizing, gathering ideas, and writing comparison and contrast essays.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.


Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • Set the projector up so that the teacher is facing the class and able to type the text (or write easily on the overhead) and the class is able to follow along.

  • Familiarize yourself with the basic commands of the word processor on the computer that you're using.

  • Test the Venn Diagram student interactive, Comparison and Contrast Guide, and Compare and Contrast Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Prior to this lesson, students should have learned how to write introductions and conclusions. The ReadWriteThink lesson Leading to Great Places in the Elementary Classroom can be a useful resource for exploring introductory sentences.

  • (optional) For background information on the compare and contrast essay format, see Literacy Education Online's Comparison/Contrast Essays.

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A List Of The Most Interesting Compare And Contrast Essay Topics For 4th Grade Students

What is a compare and contrast essay?

The compare and contrast essay is a piece of academic writing where you will be given two situations or items. You need to describe the similarities between them as well as the differences as well. The items can be as different as chalk-and-cheese or they may fall into the same genre. In both of the cases, applying your logical and reasoning skills are necessary to formulate a compare and contrast essay.

12 compare and contrast essay topics for 4th grade students

  • You want to become a pilot once you grow up. Your little brother wants to be a chef. Describe three points on how these two professions are same and three points on how they differ.
  • You live in New York but last year during summer vacation, you went to Hawaii with your family. Tell us how these two places are similar and where they differ?
  • You like to play video games while your sister loves reading horror stories then. Show us the similarities of these two activities and their differences too.
  • Your grand mom bakes cake in a traditional oven while your mother loves to do it in the microwave-oven. Discuss the similarities and differences between these two equipments.
  • You love Batman while your cousin is an ardent follower of Spiderman. On which grounds these two super heroes are like each other? Where they differ?
  • You like reading comics about Superheroes while your brother loves anime. Do a research about the latter and describe what are the similarities between them and what are the differences.
  • Your favorite season is summer while your sister dotes on spring. How these two seasons is alike? And how they differ?
  • You like indoor games during holidays while your sister prefer outdoor ones. On what points they are similar? How they are unrelated?
  • Your favorite sport is baseball while your best friend loves soccer. Describe in details the similarities between these two games and their differences.
  • You have a pet Labrador dog in your house while your neighbor has a pet Dalmatian. What are the resemblances between these breeds and what are the dissimilarities?
  • You love skating while your father loves cycling. Give details to describe the likeness between the two and the disparities?
  • When it’s raining outside, you have to keep inside the house all days. The similar situation also happens during snowfall. Tell us why these two incidents are like each other? On which grounds they are different?


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