From as early as first grade and as late as eighth grade, there are specific Common Core Standards that require students to compare and contrast. Even if you are not an American based SLP, I am sure that if you look up your state/country educational standards that comparing and contrasting will be amongst them. What is great about working on this goal in line with educational standards is that you have specific guidelines and learning expectations to target in therapy… the goals practically write themselves!
I have created a variety of compare and contrast maps to suit different grade levels and expectations. So download them all and find out which one is right for you. For a look at the 1st-8th Grade Common Core Standards and expectations, I have listed them below.
RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
RL.7.9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
RL.6.7 Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.
RL.6.9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics
RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
RL.3.9 Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series.
RL.2.9 Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
RL.1.9 Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.