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What is Compare/Contrast? (UPDATED)
Transcript of What is Compare/Contrast? (UPDATED)
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is writing that shows similarities among subjects.
in compare/contrast writing states what subjects you will be discussing (topic), and
, or, for what purpose (relevance).
Discovering Your Main Point...
consists of the points being compared and contrasted, backed up by details that show how each subject is similar and/or different.
shows the differences.
The Four Basics of Good Compare/Contrast Writing:
uses subjects that have enough in common to be compared/contrasted in a
serves a purpose-to help readers make a decision, to help them understand the subjects, or to show your understanding of the subjects
presents important, parallel points
arranges points about subjects in logical order
To help you discover your main point, brainstorm using this sentence:
I want my readers to understand/support __________ after reading this comparison/contrast.
Support and Organization
Compare/Contrast Essays can be
in one of two ways:
POINT BY POINT
: organizes by presenting one point of comparison/contrast about both subjects, then moving to the next point.
WHOLE TO WHOLE
: (also known as Subject by Subject) organizes by presenting all the points for comparison/contrast on one subject, and then presenting all the points for the other subject.
*Consider which type of organization will best explain to your reader the similarities and differences between your subjects.
private vs. public transport
starting pitcher vs. reliever
online vs. traditional classes
living on campus vs. off campus
camping vs. staying in a hotel
Let's brainstorm a sample topic using a method from your reading.
Venn Diagram: Cats vs. Dogs
1 --> Generate important details (similarities, differences)
2 --> Create a tentative thesis
3 --> Organize points