Expository Writing: The Compare/Contrast Essay

The heart of the compare/contrast essay is establishing the criteria against which texts can be assessed. Teach writers how to establish these criteria with a hands-on activity that also models how criteria can be manipulated.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show writers models of both the point-by-point and block organizational plans
Classroom Considerations
  • Takes extra prep time to locate and purchase different types of licorice
  • Requires copies of the product ratings from Consumer Reports magazine
  • Although designed for use when comparing the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to the film of Cool Hand Luke, the lesson would work well when comparing any two texts with similar themes
  • The IM "Worksheet:​ “Organizational Patterns for the Comparison/Contrast Essay” is no longer available


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Pros
  • The activity is designed to appeal to different learning styles
Cons
  • None