Compare and Contrast Essays

One of these things is not like the other. But, so what? Why is it important to examine the similarities and differences between two entities? Here's a presentation that shows viewers how to go beyond a mere listing to create and support a thesis that examines what can be learned through the process of comparing and contrasting.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by asking class members to compare/contrast five white roses, then an onion, and an artichoke
Classroom Considerations

  • Some class members may need specific examples to support their understanding; therefore, augment the presentation with slides that provide specific examples of the types of organizational patterns in an essay for a thesis paragraph, body paragraphs, a conclusion, and a complete essay
Pros

  • The presentation includes essential questions to guide writers, information about the two organization patterns, as well as slides that discuss when and how to use a Venn diagram or a matrix to organize information
Cons

  • While the presentation clearly defines the formats, no specific essay examples are included