Organizational Patterns for the Comparison/Contrast Essay

This Organizational Patterns for the Comparison/Contrast Essay handout also includes:

Organization is key in essay writing. The two organizational charts included in this resource model the block approach and the point-by-point approach to organizing a compare and contrast style essay. After examining the charts, writers practice crafting outlines using each of the described patterns. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource after writers have been introduced to the basic purpose and format of the compare/contrast process
Classroom Considerations
  • Appropriate for more advanced writers who are already able to formulate thesis statements
  • As part of the process writers must also develop a thesis that indicates the significance of the similarities and/or differencdes
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