Compare and Contrast – Writing Ideas for Kids

Reading and writing go hand in hand. There are so many topics and prompts that you can use to get kids’ minds going. The end of the year is a great time to give kids one last writing assignment before they go on vacation!

Read Write Think is home to many interactive writing templates. One in particular that is great to use is the Compare & Contrast Map. This template is perfect for writing a comparative essay. Kids will be guided through the styles of three different writings.


They will start off by identifying two things they want to compare or contrast. They will then choose if they want to write a “whole to whole” essay, a “similarities to differences” essay, or a “point to point” essay. Whichever they choose, they will be given information on what to include when writing their essay.

After essays are completed, there is the option of either emailing or sharing it.

This resource is a great one to have, especially for those younger writers who may need extra guidance or help if they haven’t written much before. I think writing an essay, especially so close to summer, is a good exercise to get those creative juices flowing!

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