Compare & Contrast Essay

Comparing two texts can build a greater understanding of the texts and themes of the works. Take some time to follow the steps here to guide your pupils through the process of composing compare-and-contrast essays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • While the plan mentions the Twilight novel and film as the topic of the essay, the essay could be a comparison of any two texts (this flexibility is even written into the lesson procedures)
  • You may wish to find some short lessons on forming thesis statements and finding evidence to support students as they write
  • Make another worksheet that includes the tips on thesis and transition words that are included in the plan procedures
Classroom Considerations

  • In preparation for this assignment, learners will need to have already analyzed the book and film for theme and characterization and be familiar with compare and contrast, similarities and differences, transitions, and thesis statement
  • See the materials for links to supporting materials that you may wish to explore when planning your compare-and-contrast essay lessons
Pros

  • Includes essay organization strategies, sample essays, and an essay checklist that you can use to create a rubric
Cons

  • None
Common Core