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Activity 5: Dunbar Photo Exhibit -- A Comparison and Contrast Activity

Follow the link to the Photographic Exhibit Dunbar School, Shared Memories of a Special Past. Read the text and view the photographs of the Dunbar School. When you get to the bottom of the page, follow the links to the next pages. There are six pages which exhibit several photographs relating to the Dunbar School. Look at the pages and, as you do, think about the similarities and differences you see between your school and the Dunbar School. You might notice the clothing, the age of the students, the appearance of the school, inside as well as outside, the number of students in the classes and the activities students are involved in. You may notice other similarities and differences.

Share your ideas in a 3 or 4 paragraph paper. The first paragraph should introduce you subject to your audience. In this paragraph, you will let your readers know what the paper is about and, perhaps, where you located the photographs. The second para graph might explain how Dunbar is similar to your school, and the third could explore the ways in which it is different from your school. A fourth paragraph might tell about 1 or 2 photographs you found especially interesting.

Before you begin writing, fill in the following form. It will help you decide which ideas to include. After each number, list a similarity or difference. Explain on the following lines.

SIMILARITIES   DIFFERENCES
Example:  Students are eating in a cafeteria just like we do at lunch time.

1. How is it similar?
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1. How is it different?
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2. How is it similar?
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  2. How is it different?
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3. How is it similar?
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  3. How is it different?
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Select the similarities and differences you will write about. You may want 2 or 3 in each category. Check or circle the numbers of those you have chosen.

Your second paragraph will use those items you checked in the left column, the similarities. You will need an introductory sentence to let your readers know that, in this paragraph, you will discuss how your school and Dunbar are similar. Write that s entence below.

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The third paragraph will discuss the differences you chose in the right column. Again, you will need a sentence to inform your readers about the topic of the paragraph, how Dunbar and your school are different. Write that sentence below.

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Your fourth paragraph will tell what you found especially interesting about the photographs. Select 1 or 2 photographs from the pages and, below, explain what caught your eye and why you chose the photograph(s).

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You're ready to put your paper together! Begin with your opening paragraph, explaining what the paper is about, then continue with your other ideas.