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Comparison is often viewed simply as one text structure among many, and that is how some of the references listed below treat it. Yet when comparison is applied to multiple documents, it becomes a strategy for understanding the relationships among those documents, and thus a tool for integrating and synthesizing information from multiple documents, which is the hypothesis emphasized in the developmental sequence for this strategy type.

Suggested Reading
Armbruster, B. B., Anderson, T. H., & Ostertag, J. (1989). Teaching text structure to improve reading and writing. The Reading Teacher, 43(2), 130-137

Dickson, S. (1999). Integrating reading and writing to teach compare-contrast text structure. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 15, 49-79.

Kirkpatrick, L. C., & Klein, P. D. (2009). Planning text structure as a way to improve students' writing from sources in the compare–contrast genre. Learning and Instruction, 19(4), 309-321

Meyer, B. J. F., Brandt, D. M., & Bluth, J.G. (1980). Use of top-level structure in text: Key for reading comprehension of ninth-grade students. Reading Research Quarterly, 16(1), 72-103

Wong, B. Y. L., Butler, D. L., Ficzere, S. A., & Kuperis, S. (1997). Teaching adolescents with learning disabilities and low achievers to plan, write, and revise compare-and-contrast essays. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 12(1), 2-15




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