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Writing a Comparison/Contrast Essay

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Transcript of Writing a Comparison/Contrast Essay

Instructions: With a partner, complete the venn diagram to show the similarities and differences between Dubai and Barcelona.
Understanding Main Ideas/Effective Planning Strategies
Compare & Contrast Essay Uses
Examples from the Web:
Practice: Comparing/Contrasting Cities
Instructions: Interview a partner about his/her hometown and take notes on the similarities and differences between the cities using a Venn Diagram.
To Compare like/similar objects:
Similarities only
Differences only
Similarities & Differences
Read and comprehend an example of the target task (writing a compare/contrast essay)
Instructions: Read the sample of a comparison/ contrast essay provided by your teacher.
Task 1: Reading theTarget Task
Instructions: With a partner, analyze the sample essay and determine what type of organization was used to write the essay.
Comparison/Contrast Essay Organization
Writing a Comparison/Contrast Essay
Understand the general organization of a compare/contrast essay
Utilize effective strategies for planning a compare/contrast essay
Discuss the uses of compare/contrast essays




Noticeable architecture
More than one language is spoken
Increasing Immigration
Modern city
Traditional Architecture
Bilingual society
Multilingual society/ One offical language
Majority of population are foreigners
Majority of population are Spanish/Catalan
Mix of archicteture
Point by Point Method
General Topic: Cities: unique characteristics
Specific Topic: Barcelona/Dubai
Areas to be covered/ (Direct) Thesis Statement: architecture, language, population
Hook: People who are not fond...
T1/A1: Barcelona/Arch.
Details: Traditional: Gothic cathedral
T2/A1: Dubai/ Arch.
T1/A2: Barcelona/ Language
Details: Modern arch.: burj al Arab, twisting building / Burj Khalifa
Details: Outrageous architecture: pedrera/twisting building
Details: bilingual society: Spanish/Catalan
T2/A2: Dubai/Language
Details: multilingual society: foreigners
T1/A3: Barcelona/Population
T2/A3: Dubai/Population
Details: local pop: spanish/catalan: few foreigners (increasing)
Details: 90% foreigners/ 10% locals
Summary of Main points: Barcelona/Dubai commalities but unique differences
Evaluation: No two cities are exactly alike
Clarify something unknown or not well understood

Lead to a fresh insight or new way of viewing something

Bring one or both of the subjects into sharper focus
Show that one subject is better than the other
prices/cost of living
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