Make a Comparison

By (date), when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from a familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will answer verbally... with (1) or more words, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons. *Example items:*
dog, cat *Example prompt:*
"How are the dog and cat similar?" *Example response:*
“Tails.”
  • By (date), when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from a familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will answer verbally with (1) or more words and receive a reinforcer upon completion, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons.
  • By (date), when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from an adapted, familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will answer verbally with (1) or more words, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons. *Example visual adaptations:*
    --Use of magnification
    --Enlarged text
    --Braille
  • By (date), using hearing supports, when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from a familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will answer verbally with (1) or more words, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons. *Example hearing supports:*
    --FM unit
    --Preferential seating
    --Repetition
  • By (date), when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from a familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will answer verbally with (1) or more words, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons.
  • By (date), when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from a familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will select the answer from (2) written/illustrated options, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons.

UDL-Aligned Strategies About UDL

  • Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation
    Grab and hold a student’s attention for the duration of this task by offering rewards . A reward can be given immediately after task completion (e.g. 1 M&M), or can be “purchased” after earning a few tokens (e.g. 3 tickets can buy 1 M&M). The expectations for earning the reward must all be taught beforehand, and after a few trials should become familiar to the student, which means that the expectations should be the same every time. Since this task is one that can be performed rather quickly, a small, immediate reward after each trial will likely be most effective.
  • UDL II 4.1 Vary the methods for response and navigation
    Support students by having them select from curated choices rather than asking them to devise answers independently. For example, if a student is asked to compare a dog and a cat, he or she can be offered paired answer choices such as "What's the same: their fur or their size?" or "What's the same: their tails or the sounds they make?" Regardless of the choices offered, students can be freed of the need to recall, find or produce answers and still meet this goal.
  • UDL I 2.3 Support decoding text, mathematical notation, and symbols
    Boost student confidence and engagement by using a familiar text. Even better, allow students to choose *which* familiar text they'd like to use to make a comparison. If students can't have free reign to choose a text, consider allowing them to make a decision between three or four options that are more easily adapted to fit the requirements of this task (there need to be at least two comparable items within the same category: people, animals, articles of clothing, etc.). Even if the options aren't necessarily something the student may have chosen on his or her own, choice gives the learner a sense of ownership over the assignment, and familiarity with a text will make the student feel confident and comfortable.

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DLM Essential Elements

ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
EE.RI.4.9 Compare details presented in two texts on the same topic.

NCSC Core Connectors

ELA-Literacy.4.HD.h2
Reading Standards for Informational Text
4.HD.h2 Report out about two or more texts on the same self-selected topic.

Standards

RI.4.9 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RI.4.9 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Standard Staircase

Identify the Parts of a Book

By date, when given a familiar book and a verbally prompt (i.e. Teacher says “Where is the Title?”) to identify parts of a book, (name) will correctly point to indicated part of a book (i.e. cover, title, page), with no more than (1) repeated question in (4 out of 5) guided-reading lessons.

Distinguish Text from Illustrations

By (date), after completing a shared reading of an illustrated familiar passage at the student’s independent reading level and given a verbal prompt (e.g. “Point to the words in this story.”, “Point to the pictures in this story.”), (name) will point to (1) piece of text and (1) illustration from the passage, in (4 of 5) narrative reading sessions.

Describe Oneself with a Feeling Word

By (date), after a read aloud of an instructional level story and (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Sophie was really angry in this story. Can you think about this morning or yesterday and describe how you felt?”), (name) will speak (1) sentence, including (1) feeling word (e.g. happy, sad, angry), for (4 of 5) self-reflections.

Recognize and Track an Object by Name

By (date), after a preview of an object and it’s name from a picture walk of an instructional-level, informational text (e.g. tractor in a book about construction), shown (2) objects (one that represents the previewed object and one that is different), and when prompted by the teacher (“Point to the tractor that looks like the one from the book.”), (name) will point to the object, in (4 of 5) reading sessions.

Recognize a Character's Name from a Story

By (date), when verbally asked to make a selection between (2) familiar stories (e.g. “Let’s read the book about the dog, which book is that?”, “Can you get the book about David to read?”), (name) will point to or pick up the correct text, in (4 out of 5) book selections.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Essential Concepts of Print

By (date), given a preferred book (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (5) pages, (name) will independently handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and observably attend to each page (e.g. eye-gazing, pointing, vocalizing) for at least (3) seconds, for (4 out of 5) preferred books.

Make Requests Using Core Vocabulary Words

By (date), while participating in a classroom activity (e.g. shared reading, snack time, art), (name) will make (1) request to an adult or peer using a core vocabulary word (i.e. words that have a functional and academic purpose) through a preferred mode of communication (e.g. vocally, icons, sign language, eye gaze toward word cards), for (4 out of 5) classroom activities.

Identify the Parts of a Book

By date, when given a familiar book and a verbally prompt (i.e. Teacher says “Where is the Title?”) to identify parts of a book, (name) will correctly point to indicated part of a book (i.e. cover, title, page), with no more than (1) repeated question in (4 out of 5) guided-reading lessons.

Distinguish Text from Illustrations

By (date), after completing a shared reading of an illustrated familiar passage at the student’s independent reading level and given a verbal prompt (e.g. “Point to the words in this story.”, “Point to the pictures in this story.”), (name) will point to (1) piece of text and (1) illustration from the passage, in (4 of 5) narrative reading sessions.

Describe Oneself with a Feeling Word

By (date), after a read aloud of an instructional level story and (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Sophie was really angry in this story. Can you think about this morning or yesterday and describe how you felt?”), (name) will speak (1) sentence, including (1) feeling word (e.g. happy, sad, angry), for (4 of 5) self-reflections.

Recognize and Track an Object by Name

By (date), after a preview of an object and it’s name from a picture walk of an instructional-level, informational text (e.g. tractor in a book about construction), shown (2) objects (one that represents the previewed object and one that is different), and when prompted by the teacher (“Point to the tractor that looks like the one from the book.”), (name) will point to the object, in (4 of 5) reading sessions.

Recognize a Character's Name from a Story

By (date), when verbally asked to make a selection between (2) familiar stories (e.g. “Let’s read the book about the dog, which book is that?”, “Can you get the book about David to read?”), (name) will point to or pick up the correct text, in (4 out of 5) book selections.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Essential Concepts of Print

By (date), given a preferred book (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (5) pages, (name) will independently handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and observably attend to each page (e.g. eye-gazing, pointing, vocalizing) for at least (3) seconds, for (4 out of 5) preferred books.

Make Requests Using Core Vocabulary Words

By (date), while participating in a classroom activity (e.g. shared reading, snack time, art), (name) will make (1) request to an adult or peer using a core vocabulary word (i.e. words that have a functional and academic purpose) through a preferred mode of communication (e.g. vocally, icons, sign language, eye gaze toward word cards), for (4 out of 5) classroom activities.

Identify the Parts of a Book

By date, when given a familiar book and a verbally prompt (i.e. Teacher says “Where is the Title?”) to identify parts of a book, (name) will correctly point to indicated part of a book (i.e. cover, title, page), with no more than (1) repeated question in (4 out of 5) guided-reading lessons.

Distinguish Text from Illustrations

By (date), after completing a shared reading of an illustrated familiar passage at the student’s independent reading level and given a verbal prompt (e.g. “Point to the words in this story.”, “Point to the pictures in this story.”), (name) will point to (1) piece of text and (1) illustration from the passage, in (4 of 5) narrative reading sessions.

Describe Oneself with a Feeling Word

By (date), after a read aloud of an instructional level story and (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Sophie was really angry in this story. Can you think about this morning or yesterday and describe how you felt?”), (name) will speak (1) sentence, including (1) feeling word (e.g. happy, sad, angry), for (4 of 5) self-reflections.

Recognize and Track an Object by Name

By (date), after a preview of an object and it’s name from a picture walk of an instructional-level, informational text (e.g. tractor in a book about construction), shown (2) objects (one that represents the previewed object and one that is different), and when prompted by the teacher (“Point to the tractor that looks like the one from the book.”), (name) will point to the object, in (4 of 5) reading sessions.

Recognize a Character's Name from a Story

By (date), when verbally asked to make a selection between (2) familiar stories (e.g. “Let’s read the book about the dog, which book is that?”, “Can you get the book about David to read?”), (name) will point to or pick up the correct text, in (4 out of 5) book selections.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Essential Concepts of Print

By (date), given a preferred book (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (5) pages, (name) will independently handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and observably attend to each page (e.g. eye-gazing, pointing, vocalizing) for at least (3) seconds, for (4 out of 5) preferred books.

Make Requests Using Core Vocabulary Words

By (date), while participating in a classroom activity (e.g. shared reading, snack time, art), (name) will make (1) request to an adult or peer using a core vocabulary word (i.e. words that have a functional and academic purpose) through a preferred mode of communication (e.g. vocally, icons, sign language, eye gaze toward word cards), for (4 out of 5) classroom activities.

Find a Picture that Reflects an Action

By (date), after reading a familiar story with a classmate , given (3) illustration choices , and asked (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Which of these pictures shows an action from the story you just read.”), (name) will verbally state the illustration (e.g. “Picture A”), for (4 of 5) fiction story reviews.

Use Visual Headings

By (date), after a picture walk of an informational chapter book with an illustrated table of contents and asked to identify (1) chapter (e.g. “We just explored this book about farm animals. Which chapter is about cows?), (name) will select the chapter from (3) choices in the table of contents, in (4 of 5) chapter identifications.

Recognize a Familiar Person

By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.

Identify Objects by Characteristics

By (date), given a verbal prompt to identify (1) object based on (1) physical characteristic, (name) will select which of (3) of the same objects has the specified characteristic, for (4 out of 5) object selection activities.

Identify a Synonym

By (date), given a written and illustrated word card, and asked to choose which of (3) other written and illustrated word cards has the same meaning as the given word, (name) will select the answer, for (4 out of 5) word comparisons.

Identify Words Associated with Feelings

By (date), when asked to identify which word from a familiar text is associated with a feeling, (name) will choose the answer from (3) written and illustrated word options, for (4 out of 5) vocabulary activities.

Attend to Text Features in a Book

By (date), given a preferred book, (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (10) pages, (name) will handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and independently attend to at least (1) text feature on each page (e.g. words, illustrations) for at least (3) seconds (e.g touching, pointing, eye-gazing, pressing a pre-recorded AAC device), for (8 out of 10) pages or with (80)% accuracy.

Find a Picture that Reflects an Action

By (date), after reading a familiar story with a classmate , given (3) illustration choices , and asked (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Which of these pictures shows an action from the story you just read.”), (name) will verbally state the illustration (e.g. “Picture A”), for (4 of 5) fiction story reviews.

Use Visual Headings

By (date), after a picture walk of an informational chapter book with an illustrated table of contents and asked to identify (1) chapter (e.g. “We just explored this book about farm animals. Which chapter is about cows?), (name) will select the chapter from (3) choices in the table of contents, in (4 of 5) chapter identifications.

Recognize a Familiar Person

By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.

Identify Objects by Characteristics

By (date), given a verbal prompt to identify (1) object based on (1) physical characteristic, (name) will select which of (3) of the same objects has the specified characteristic, for (4 out of 5) object selection activities.

Identify Opposites

By (date), when asked if a pair of written and illustrated words are opposites, (name) will state “yes” or “no,” for (4 out of 5) opposites identification activities.

Make a Comparison Current Goal

By (date), when asked to describe a similarity or difference between (2) items from a familiar text that are within the same category, (name) will answer verbally with (1) or more words, for (4 out of 5) informational comparisons.

Attend to Text Features in a Book

By (date), given a preferred book, (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (10) pages, (name) will handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and independently attend to at least (1) text feature on each page (e.g. words, illustrations) for at least (3) seconds (e.g touching, pointing, eye-gazing, pressing a pre-recorded AAC device), for (8 out of 10) pages or with (80)% accuracy.

Find a Picture that Reflects an Action

By (date), after reading a familiar story with a classmate , given (3) illustration choices , and asked (1) question by the teacher (e.g. “Which of these pictures shows an action from the story you just read.”), (name) will verbally state the illustration (e.g. “Picture A”), for (4 of 5) fiction story reviews.

Use Visual Headings

By (date), after a picture walk of an informational chapter book with an illustrated table of contents and asked to identify (1) chapter (e.g. “We just explored this book about farm animals. Which chapter is about cows?), (name) will select the chapter from (3) choices in the table of contents, in (4 of 5) chapter identifications.

Recognize a Familiar Person

By (date), when presented with (2) images of people, one of whom is familiar and one of whom is a stranger, and asked to identify the familiar person, (name) will identify the familiar person (e.g. by stating, pointing, using eye gaze), in (4 of 5) recognition activities.

Identify Objects by Characteristics

By (date), given a verbal prompt to identify (1) object based on (1) physical characteristic, (name) will select which of (3) of the same objects has the specified characteristic, for (4 out of 5) object selection activities.

Attend to Text Features in a Book

By (date), given a preferred book, (e.g. hard copy or digital) that is no longer than (10) pages, (name) will handle the book (e.g. open it, turn the pages) and independently attend to at least (1) text feature on each page (e.g. words, illustrations) for at least (3) seconds (e.g touching, pointing, eye-gazing, pressing a pre-recorded AAC device), for (8 out of 10) pages or with (80)% accuracy.

Sorts Pictures of Things that are Real or Fictional

By (date), given a set of (10) images (e.g., photographs or illustrations) from two categories (e.g., five images of real animals and five images of fictional animals) and a verbal prompt (e.g. “Which one is real? Which one is not real?”), (student) will sort at least (8) images into the correct group: “real” or “not real” for (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Determine a Word's Meaning

By (date), when asked to define a specific word in a familiar text, after (1) guiding question from the teacher, (name) will choose the definition from (3) written and/or verbal definition choices, for (3 out of 3) context clue exercises.

Describe the Meaning of Common Idioms

By (date), immediately after watching a video clip of what each idiom looks like in context (e.g. video of a man paying for a car using a bucket of money with the caption "It costs an arm and a leg"), when given (5) common idioms (e.g. costs an arm and a leg, blessing in disguise, feeling blue), (name) will verbally describe the meaning, using no more than (1) verbal prompts (e.g. Teacher says "Remember what it looked like in the video") and verbal choices (e.g. Teacher says "When something costs an arm and a leg, it means it is expensive or cheap?") in (3 of 5) idioms, for (4 of 5) idiom activities.

Identify an Antonym or Synonym

By (date), during a read aloud of a familiar text, when verbally prompted by the teacher to identify (1) synonym or (1) antonym of a given word, (name) will select (e.g. point, state, eye gaze) a written and illustrated word choice from (3) options, for (4 out of 5) synonyms or antonyms.

Select Content-Specific Vocabulary

By (date), when given a previously-taught topic (e.g. weather, animal behaviors, money) and a bank of (5) related and unrelated words, (name) will circle the words related to the topic, for (3 out of 3) content-specific vocabulary exercises.

Sorts Pictures of Things that are Real or Fictional

By (date), given a set of (10) images (e.g., photographs or illustrations) from two categories (e.g., five images of real animals and five images of fictional animals) and a verbal prompt (e.g. “Which one is real? Which one is not real?”), (student) will sort at least (8) images into the correct group: “real” or “not real” for (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Determine a Word's Meaning

By (date), when asked to define a specific word in a familiar text, after (1) guiding question from the teacher, (name) will choose the definition from (3) written and/or verbal definition choices, for (3 out of 3) context clue exercises.

Describe the Meaning of Common Idioms

By (date), immediately after watching a video clip of what each idiom looks like in context (e.g. video of a man paying for a car using a bucket of money with the caption "It costs an arm and a leg"), when given (5) common idioms (e.g. costs an arm and a leg, blessing in disguise, feeling blue), (name) will verbally describe the meaning, using no more than (1) verbal prompts (e.g. Teacher says "Remember what it looked like in the video") and verbal choices (e.g. Teacher says "When something costs an arm and a leg, it means it is expensive or cheap?") in (3 of 5) idioms, for (4 of 5) idiom activities.

Identify an Antonym or Synonym

By (date), during a read aloud of a familiar text, when verbally prompted by the teacher to identify (1) synonym or (1) antonym of a given word, (name) will select (e.g. point, state, eye gaze) a written and illustrated word choice from (3) options, for (4 out of 5) synonyms or antonyms.

Select Content-Specific Vocabulary

By (date), when given a previously-taught topic (e.g. weather, animal behaviors, money) and a bank of (5) related and unrelated words, (name) will circle the words related to the topic, for (3 out of 3) content-specific vocabulary exercises.

Sorts Pictures of Things that are Real or Fictional

By (date), given a set of (10) images (e.g., photographs or illustrations) from two categories (e.g., five images of real animals and five images of fictional animals) and a verbal prompt (e.g. “Which one is real? Which one is not real?”), (student) will sort at least (8) images into the correct group: “real” or “not real” for (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Determine a Word's Meaning

By (date), when asked to define a specific word in a familiar text, after (1) guiding question from the teacher, (name) will choose the definition from (3) written and/or verbal definition choices, for (3 out of 3) context clue exercises.

Describe the Meaning of Common Idioms

By (date), immediately after watching a video clip of what each idiom looks like in context (e.g. video of a man paying for a car using a bucket of money with the caption "It costs an arm and a leg"), when given (5) common idioms (e.g. costs an arm and a leg, blessing in disguise, feeling blue), (name) will verbally describe the meaning, using no more than (1) verbal prompts (e.g. Teacher says "Remember what it looked like in the video") and verbal choices (e.g. Teacher says "When something costs an arm and a leg, it means it is expensive or cheap?") in (3 of 5) idioms, for (4 of 5) idiom activities.

Identify an Antonym or Synonym

By (date), during a read aloud of a familiar text, when verbally prompted by the teacher to identify (1) synonym or (1) antonym of a given word, (name) will select (e.g. point, state, eye gaze) a written and illustrated word choice from (3) options, for (4 out of 5) synonyms or antonyms.

Select Content-Specific Vocabulary

By (date), when given a previously-taught topic (e.g. weather, animal behaviors, money) and a bank of (5) related and unrelated words, (name) will circle the words related to the topic, for (3 out of 3) content-specific vocabulary exercises.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Word Choice for Sentence Completion

By (date), when given a (3-5) sentence fill-in-the blank reading passage from a familiar text with picture supports (e.g. adapted text with pictures replacing select words), (name) will correctly select the missing word a choice of (10) words in a word bank to fill in each blank in the passage, within (15) minutes, in (3 out of 4) fill-in-the-blank reading passages.

Sort Objects or Images Based on Two Distinct Categories

By (date), given a set of (10) real objects or images representing two different categories (e.g., food, drinks), and a verbal prompt (e.g., “Which one do we eat? Which one do we drink?”), (student) will sort at least (8) objects/images in (4 out of 5) two-category sorting activities.

Recognize a Synonym

By (date), when given (1) word from a familiar text, after the teacher asks a guiding question, (name) will identify which of (3) word options is a synonym for the given word, for (3 out of 3) synonym activities.

Referenced Strategies

  • Adapted Text

    Adapted text is any text that has been changed from its original print format. This includes a variety of strategies to make traditional tex...

  • Reinforcers

    Reinforcers are acknowledgments for learning, as well as following rules and expectations in the classroom and school environment. Reinforce...

  • Multiple Choice

    Before students are comfortable generating a free-form response, they can demonstrate their knowledge by selecting the correct answer(s) fro...

  • Read Aloud

    Read Aloud refers to presenting written text in an auditory format. The teacher can read aloud to the class or students can take turns readi...

  • Oral Presentation

    Oral presentations provide an alternative to written language. Students may answer questions from a teacher or peer in an interview format, ...

  • Familiar Text

    Teachers may provide a previously-taught book or passage as a practice text when students are learning a new skill. Using a familiar text cr...