Sec 2 History SBQ Skill: Compare and Contrast notesDocument Transcript
Kent Ridge Secondary School
Secondary 2 History
Source-Based Skills: Compare and Contrast
Name: _____________________ Class: ________ Date: _____________
What exactly is comparison?
- Looking at two or more objects and their features or characteristics,
and looking at their similarities and differences.
What is a criteria?
- A standard/a reference point by which something is
- False match: when the criteria applies only to one of the object
o Example: Source A and B are different. Source A says that “the
Japanese used propaganda to control Singapore” but Source B
- No match: no basis of comparison at all.
o Example: Source A and B are different. Source A states that
“the Japanese used propaganda to control Singapore.” Source
B says that “the cause of the 1964 racial riots is because of
wrong perceptions of the Malay and Chinese race”.
4 criteria commonly used to compare sources
o Type of source (textual versus pictorial) (book versus article)
o Government versus non-government/issues
- Content (inferences)
Question types and their requirements
Question types Required answers
BOTH similarities AND differences
How similar are sources A and B?
How different are sources A and B?
To what extent are sources A and B
To what extent are source A and B
In what ways are Sources A and B Differences
In what ways are Sources A and B Similarities
Template to answer Compare and Contrast questions:
Paragraphs What to write Marking scheme
Para 1: Sources A and B are similar. Both agree about L1 (state that
Similarities __________________. (Basis of comparison) sources are similar)
Source A states that “(evidence)”. Source B
states that “(evidence)”. L3 (given your basis
of comparison and
Para 2: Sources A and B are different. Both disagree L1 (state that
Differences about ______________________. (Basis of sources are similar)
comparison) Source A states that “(evidence)”.
However, Source B states that “(evidence)”. L3 (given your basis
of comparison and
Points to note:
- You HAVE to put your evidence. Your evidence MUST be related to the basis of