Comparison Notebooking Page

by Jimmie Lanley

A blog reader and online friend Amy Uptain sent me a request for a notebooking page by email. She said

I have a suggestion for a notebooking page.  My 2nd grader read Mary Poppins, and instead of having her do a more traditional book report, I had her contrast the book with the movie. I actually just had her list some things that occur only in the book and only in the movie.  I couldn’t find a specific page for her to use, so I just used a columned sheet from Donna Young.  You can read about it on my blog Hope is the Word.

What do you think?  Do you think a book vs. movie page might be useful?

I love this idea, Amy. And your daughter’s notebooking page turned out great! But instead of limiting my printable to book versus movie, I made a more general page that can be used for comparing and contrasting any two things.

These pages could be used as graphic organizers for prewriting a comparison/contrast paragarph or essay. Or they can stand alone as a daily narration page. The pages have both college ruled and manuscript lines.

I love it when my readers make suggestions of printable notebooking pages because first of all I sometimes run out of ideas. Secondly I like creating pages that I know you will use. So feel free to make suggestions. I can’t promise to make them all, but I really do take them into consideration.

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Mary May 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I’m going to be able to use these… in conjunction with some music notebooking about comparing and contrasting a band and an orchestra. I literally was reading your post in the parking lot before a concert we went to…. and then in the concert I was thinking how I could use your pages! Thanks (once again!)


Amy @ Hope Is the Word May 9, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Ooh, thank you, Jimmie! These are perfect!



Tricia puritz June 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Love these pages and ideas! I am really looking forward to hearing you speak at the Homeschool Connection Conference!


Sharon August 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

This is a great idea! I am also going to use this for my kids to compare books to other books! (Making text-text connections from the “Strategies That Work” people) As I was reading “My Side of the Mountain” I kept thinking of “Sign of the Beaver” and “Island of the Blue Dolphins” – other survival stories. What a great way to teach theme!


Lisa Madden October 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

this notebook page was phenomonal. i needed something to help my niece write her comparison contrast paper and this was awesome…thank you so very much


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