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MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING PROMPTS
• January 2015 •

Create a Compare-and-Contrast Chart

Every third Monday of January, America celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King, who delivered the famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., is most known as a non-violent civil rights activist from the 1950s and 1960s. Since his assassination on April 4, 1968, a great deal of literature has been written about Dr. King and his belief in racial equality.

Create a Compare-and-Contrast Chart, evaluating the similarities and differences of Martin Luther King Web sites. Search Web sites that not only have a .com extension, but also .org, .gov, and .edu. For example, search the official Web site of the King Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute sponsored by Stanford University, or Pearson Education's Infoplease®. Once you locate these Web sites, compare them to each other using, but not limiting yourself to, the following information:

  • Look at the opening page, what stands out most?
  • What images are pictured on the site?
  • Discuss some of the factual information about Dr. King that is provided.
  • Are there any overlapping facts? What information is repeated the most?

Create a column for the criteria at the top of your page, and on the left side of the page, list the Web sites you visited. Once you have created your chart, write a brief summary of what you noticed. Which Web site do you find the most effective and why? Then, share the information with your classmates. Teach them the benefits of visiting various Web sites with different extensions to obtain different but accurate information.