Summer And Winter Compare And Contrast Essay Examples

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  • Chart paper and markers
  • 11 sheets of 18- by 11-inch construction paper, any color
  • Scissors
  • At least one picture book about winter (for example, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats)
  • At least one picture book about summer (for example, Summer by Maria Rius)
  • Magazines (Add to your parent wish list. Specify that you want magazines about food, clothing, animals, and plants.)
  • Paper plates
  • Glue
  • Winter and summer clothing, such as mittens, ski coats, bathing suits, shorts, etc.
  • Writing paper
  • Pencils
  • Picture of each student's face
  1. Draw a T-chart with the words "Winter" and "Summer" written at the top on a piece of chart paper. Set this aside for a class discussion.
  2. Set aside five pieces of the construction paper, then cut out one letter of the word "winter" from each piece. For example, trace a large "W" on one of the pieces of paper and cut it out. Next, cut out an "I" from another piece of paper, etc.
  3. Repeat the above step for "summer," using the remaining six pieces of construction paper.

Day 1

Step 1: Read a picture book about winter aloud to the class.

Step 2: Ask the students which images in the book let them know it was winter. List their responses on the T-chart.

Step 3: Have the students go to their seats and cut out pictures from the magazines that correlate with winter. Have the students place their winter pictures on a paper plate set in the middle of the table. They will need enough to fill the five pieces of construction paper that spell out "winter."

Step 4: When students have gathered a substantial pile of winter pictures, distribute the construction paper with the "winter" letters cut from them, and invite students to glue pictures in collage form to the paper.

Step 5: Display the collage on a bulletin board.

Example of collage letters for bulletin board display

Day 2

Step 1: Read a picture book about summer aloud to the class.

Step 2: Using the Winter/Summer T-chart, list the students' responses to the book that depicted the summer season.

Step 3: Have the students go to their seats and cut out pictures from the magazines that correlate with summer. Then repeat the rest of the steps from Day 1, this time with summer and the "summer" letters.

Day 3

Step 1: Put all the winter and summer clothes in a big pile in the middle of the carpet. Have the students sit in a circle around the big pile of clothes.

Step 2: Ask the students what type of clothing they see in the pile.

Step 3: Tell the students that they are going to sort the clothing into two groups, winter and summer.

Step 4: Have the students sort the clothing.

Step 5: Have each student select an article of clothing.

Step 6: Have the students who selected a winter clothing item sit at the tables. (The other students may go to a center or do another activity.) Hand each winter-clothing student a sheet of writing paper and have them write these words: "In the winter, I wear ____________." Have them sound out and write the name of the article of clothing that they selected in the space provided.

Step 7: Now have the groups switch. The students who chose summer clothing should sit down at the tables and write these words on writing paper: "In the summer, I wear ____________." Have them sound out and write the name of the article of clothing that they selected in the space provided.

Step 8: Have all the students go back to their seats. Give each student a picture of his or her face and have them glue the photos to the tops of the writing paper. Have the students draw self-portraits of themselves wearing the article of clothing that they chose.

Step 9: Display the Winter/Summer T-chart, which students can reference to add details to their pictures, such as a snowfall for winter or a bright sun for summer.

  • Did students cut out the correct pictures depicting winter and summer?
  • Could students sort and classify winter and summer clothing?

3 Secrets for Writing an A+ Compare & Contrast Paper

The first thing to know is that there are no secrets to writing high quality A+ papers of any kind. You simply do the paper and the amount of effort you put in will turn out a paper with a high mark.

Understanding a Compare & Contrast Paper

The compare/contrast paper is just as it sounds: it points out differences and similarities between two topics or subjects and draws a conclusion based on those differences and similarities. That’s honestly all there is to know about this kind of paper. There are two approaches to take with doing the compare and contrast paper: block arrangement and point by point.

With point by point splits the differences or similarities up into distinct paragraphs and tackle the two things between compared or contrasted based on those points. A block arrangement lists the same points and tackles them in paragraphs dedicated to that particular thing being contrasted. For example:

Block Arrangement

1. Introduction of what will be compared or contrasted.
2. Subject A (let’s say Winter)
          A. Topic 1 (Holidays)
          B. Topic 2 (Activities to do outdoors)
          C. Topic 3 (The weather)
3. Subject B
          A. Topic 1 (Holidays)
          B. Topic 2 (Activities to do outdoors)
          C. Topic 3 (The weather)
4. Conclusion

Point By Point

1. Intro
2. Topic 1 (Holidays)
          A. Winter
          B. Summer
3. Topic 2 (Activities Outdoors)
          A. Winter
          B. Summer
4. Topic 3 (The Weather)
          A. Winter
          B. Summer
5. Conclusion

These are two basic kinds of flow or structure for these kinds of essays.


Once you decide if you’re going to compare or contrast and what structure you’ll approach your subject with, you’ll want to get in some research on the subject and focus on your topics—in this case the weather, activities outdoors, and holidays.


You’ll want to write the paper to show off that it is both properly written and researched greatly. The degree of writing and the way the facts are weaved seamlessly into your compare/contrast paper will show that you delivered a great paper. Along with research and understanding the kind of paper you will write, the actual heavy lifting—writing—will get you that A+.


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