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A view of earth below Saturn's rings, earth is the tiny white speck on the right.

. . .every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. –Carl Sagan

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Why a compare/contrast essay?

In college, 90% of the papers students write will be in third person. This can be a struggle for some. I have students write the compare/contrast essay next because it is an easy genre for them to develop topics and ideas. Students will also need to develop clear and concise thesis statements that identify the point and purpose of their essays while breaking their subjects down into logically developed paragraphs and essays. Since we compare and/or contrast things all of the time, students will spend less time struggling to find a topic and more time working on the necessary skills to conquer this kind of paper. Here are a couple of examples. If a photographer wants a new camera, that person may contrast Canon and Nikon. If another person wants a new cell phone, that shopper may contrast Samsung and Apple. In these two examples, the writers would develop criteria for contrasting the two companies' and their products, and then based upon their criteria, they would identify which item they would purchase. This is one of the basic examples of how we use compare/contrast every day. Another way we use comparison contrast is through juxtaposition. Juxtaposition places two items close together to create a specific effect, or so readers or viewers can draw conclusions by comparing their similarities or contrasting their differences.

Understanding the basics of compare/contrast. . .

First, what is the difference between comparing two items and contrasting two items? If we want to examine the similarities between two items, we compare them. If we want to look at their differences, then we contrast them. However, there must be some basis for comparison in order to write a comparison/contrast essay. For example, I would not compare/contrast an apple with a flight attendant. I would not contrast a dog and a peanut. There must be some basis for comparing the two items. For example, the photographer who is contrasting Nikon and Canon is contrasting cameras. But, even that is vague. I would want to make sure that I am contrasting the same type of camera: two DSLRs with similar qualities: cost, number of pixels, lenses, other miscellaneous items that may be included with the purchase. If I contrast a regular Nikon 35mm film camera with a Canon Rebel DSLR, I am not going to be able to draw clear conclusions if I am thinking about buying one of them. They are completely different kinds of cameras.

The Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is the hardest and most important sentence in a paper. It identifies the topic and purpose of the paper. Thesis statements should always be written in third person. There are two kinds of thesis statements: a basic thesis statement and a listing thesis statement.

Basic Thesis Statement

Despite a slightly higher price, the Nikon D7000 is a better value than the Canon 60D.

Listing or Mapping Thesis Statement

By contrasting price,  image quality, shutter speed and the auto-focus system, it is clear that the Nikon D7000 provides more camera for a slightly higher price than the Canon 60D.

The listing or mapping thesis statement acts like a check list. The information should be covered in the order listed in the thesis statement. Thus, the first body paragraph would be on price, the second body paragraph on image quality, the third on shutter speed, and the fourth on the auto-focus system. You should have at least three criterion that you use to compare or contrast.

Basic Structure
There are two basic formats for the compare/contrast essay: block and alternating, or point-by-point. Block divides the essay in half with the first set of paragraphs covering one item, the other set of paragraph covering the other item. So, if I was contrasting a Nikon DSLR with a similar priced Canon DSLR, one set of paragraphs would cover Nikon and one would cover Canon. In alternating, or point-by-point, I would cover the two items alternating in each point of comparison (see examples in outlines below).

Block Method

I. Introduction

II. Nikon DSLR

A. Price

B. Image Quality

C. Shutter Speed

D. The Auto-focus System

III. Canon 60D

A. Price

B. Image Quality

C. Shutter Speed

D. The Auto-focus System

IV. Conclusion

Point-by-Point

I. Introduction

II. Price

A. Nikon D7000

B. Canon 60D

III. Image Quality

A. Nikon D7000

B. Canon 60D

IV. Shutter Speed

A. Nikon D7000

B. Canon 60D

V. The Auto-focus System

A. Nikon D7000

B. Canon 60D

VI. Conclusion

Introduction
The introduction is the hook. It is said that first impressions are the most important. This is especially true for essays. You only have one opportunity to hook your readers and get them involved, so you need to look at imaginative ways to begin your papers. Some ways to introduce the topic and get the reader involved include telling a story that is related to the topic, ask a question and the thesis answers it, ask a rhetorical question that has no answer but introduces the reader to the subject matter. Usually, the final sentence of the introduction is the thesis statement.

Begin with Narrative - contrasting bike frames and componentry

Let's say I used to bike race both mountain and road bikes. If I was writing a contrast essay describing the differences between mountain and road bikes, I could describe what it is like to race down a hill doing 50 mph.

Begin with a question - topic - choosing the best smartphone

So, which is better, the Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 5s?

Begin with rhetorical question - contrasting two Vegas resorts

Does what happen in Vegas really stay in Vegas?

Conclusions

Conclusions address key points in the essay. Tie the introduction to the conclusion: if you used a quote, refer to that quote again and draw more conclusions from the information; if you began with the story, go back to the story to draw final conclusions from it; if you began with a question that can be answered, then return to that question and answer it. Your conclusion should not just restate the thesis; it should comment on the significance of the thesis. What does your reader know now after reading your essay that wasn't known before?

Online Textbook and Readings

Power Point Lectures

The thesis statement is the sentence or sentences that identify the topic and purpose of the essay. If it is not covered in a face-to-face class, see the presentation below or download it.

Thesis-Statements-mb-pp

Formatting the Compare/Contrast Essay
  1. Be sure and utilize MLA formatting for the paper:
      • 1" margins all around the paper.
      • Double spaced
      • A heading on the top right hand corner 1/2" from the top of the paper should include:
      • Last name and then leave a space and the page number
      • On the first page on the left hand side include:
        • Your full name
        • Professor Name
        • Course - Assignment
        • Date (be sure to spell out the month and use the full year, such as February 12, 2016; do not use 2/12/16)
      • Be sure and type both the rough draft and final essay.
      • Click on the image below to see the full-scale version of the first page of an MLA formatted paper.

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Writing the Comparison/Contrast ***Students, this your assigned topic***

  • Write a 3-4 page comparison/contrast essay
    • Write a comparison essay in which you compare and contrast Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s old man in “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” with your own perception of angels. You may address the following bases of comparison in your essay or create alternate points of comparison:

  1. What are the angel’s physical characteristics and how do they compare and contrast to your own perception of angels?
  2. What are the personality traits of Marquez’s angel and how do they compare and contrast to your own perception of angels.
  3. How does the village’s reaction to and treatment of the old man compare to your angel’s imagined reception in the current United States?
  4. Create a comparison point unique to your own experience with the story. 

TIPS: Use the questions to form your table of comparison and your paragraphs (think about them as the basis for topic sentences). Use description that is as vivid and rich as Marquez’s descriptions. Cite quotes from Marquez to make your points of comparison.

Remember to use critical thinking in your analysis: 1) see beneath the surface of things, images, events and ideas; 2) uncover and test assumptions; 3) see the importance of context; 4) draw and support independent conclusions.

Your essay should be 3-4 pages long; once you have written your rough draft, print it out, read it over and edit it so you have the best rough draft you can. 

Compare/Contrast Essay

  1. Students will learn to read critically and evaluate professional compare/contrast models.
  2. Students will improve writing skills through a step-by-step process.
  3. Students will present a thesis statement at the end of the introductory paragraph(s).
  4. Students will present the information in a well-organized and logical structure.
  5. Students will support the thesis statement by utilizing vivid details and examples for each item and/or point of comparison.
  6. Students will word process their papers using programs such as Microsoft Word.
  7. Students will format their papers according to MLA Guidelines. See Purdue OWL example.
  8. All work will be submitted in class on paper in a folder with pockets that contains rewrite stages, rough draft, peer review, and final draft.

compare/contrast essay  

Why a compare/contrast essay? Students learn to differentiate between two or more objects seeing how they are similar or how they are different. Writers must choose item that have a "basis" of comparison (something that they both share in common) before they can see the differences between them. For example, I could contrast apples and oranges because they are both fruit, or I could contrast Dell computers with Apples because they both are brands of computers. "Fruit" or "computer" would be the basis in comparison for each of these topics.  

Comparison/contrast is important because it is a useful tool for critical decision-making. Whether you are buying a new car or choosing a university, it is important to master the art of this critical writing and thinking skill. For example, I could compare time and money management skills. I would show how these two skills are very similar. Then I would state in my conclusion why these skills are important. 

Overview: Writing the Comparison Question:

1) Briefly describe the two types of organization that may be used in a comparison essay.

2) What one new thing did you learn by reading the overview?


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License by Lynn McClelland and Marianne Botos.

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Making Your Work Brilliant With Argumentative Essay Rubric

There are certain types of essay rubrics. They are called to help with the assessment of different kinds of essays. A persuasive essay rubric will analyse the general voice of the work and decide whether your claim is convincing enough. At the same time, an argumentative essay rubric is expected to evaluate the quality of the argumentation and the way the author integrates facts into the text. It is all about how you defend the main thesis. Be accurate and consistent as you present the information. Clear logical conclusions are exactly what such type of an essay implies.

As a student, you probably come across a rubric for essay almost every time you submit a new essay, sometimes even without knowing. Most of the works are usually assessed on the basis of an essay grading rubric which is comprised of a number of criteria. For instance, the clarity of idea, the depth of analysis and other features may be estimated. Sometimes, the structure of a college essay rubric may correspond to the parts of the essay itself, e.g., the title, the first and the second paragraphs, etc.

SAT essay rubric vs. college essay rubric: understand the difference

An essay is a substantial part of SAT, a test every school student has to pass. It has been created in order to check the students’ ability to express their thoughts, their capability of accepting complex ideas, as well as their language use and writing talents.

Also, there are certain peculiarities concerning AP essay rubric. This type of essay is written by high-school students taking courses of the Advanced Placement program that provides the curriculum of college level to the high school students. Not only it has to indicate the knowledge in the subject, but the fluency of language is also assessed.

The other known type of an essay is a 5-paragraph essay that has an introduction, 3 paragraphs developing the idea, and the conclusion. It may be devoted to different issues; thus, the 5 paragraph essay rubric reviews every part of the work. The readers will pay attention to the transitions you made between the paragraphs, the clarity of thoughts expressed etc.

An appraisal on the basis of an expository essay rubric usually deals with your ability to explain, which is different from persuasion. Was your thesis clear? Did you give enough examples? Was the essay interesting in general? The scoring will likely be based on those factors. The rubric for persuasive essay may slightly differ. Can you actually present the concept in a convincing way? That’s what matters in this case.

Comparison as a fresh view on the problem

Sometimes the students are asked to write a compare or contrast essay. They have to offer a comparison between two notions or periods, etc. For example, they need to confront social life in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century and in the mid-1850ies. In this case, the compare or contrast essay rubric will concentrate on their ability to present the picture of that historical period, the sufficient number of examples and details, the right factors of comparison, etc.

ToK, extended, thematic essays

The Theory of Knowledge (ToK) essays are written during the theory of knowledge exams at the end of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The author chooses one of six offered titles and has to come to certain conclusions on them at the end of the essay. Just like a five paragraph essay rubric, a ToK essay rubric pays attention to the quality of logical connections between facts and the analysis of the topic.

Sweeping study – extended essay

Also, you may be given the assignment to write an extended essay. It requires a long and proficient work which has to result in about 4000 words. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) recommends spending 40 hours on the work; 4 of them have to be spent with your tutor. The volume of the extended essay rubric is large, as well. It appraises it all – from your introduction to the analytical achievements to the quality of conclusions.

Thematic essays: writing them appropriately

A thematic essay is another kind of an essay. It is focused on one relatively narrow topic. So, a thematic essay rubric usually contains such criteria as the number of examples and facts, understanding of the topic, unique yet right introduction and a conclusion that need to be more than restating the general idea, etc.

In any genre of essays, remember to be persuasive. Essay rubric, high school teacher or university tutor are there to help you submit a decent work.

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