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### The comparison contrast essay

1. 1. The Comparison-Contrast Essay. Prof. Julia I. Martínez<br />The Comparison-Contrast Essay<br />
2. 2. The Comparison-Contrast Essay. Prof. Julia I. Martínez<br />It is an essay that analyses the similarities and/or differences between two items<br />Sometimes, the writer includes at the end an opinion or evaluation about them (e.g., A is better than B)<br />Usually, the purpose is not simply to point out similarities and differences, but to persuade, explain or inform.<br />
3. 3. The Comparison-Contrast Essay. Prof. Julia I. Martínez<br />How is this type of essay organised?<br />There are two possibilities:<br />The point-by-point method<br />The block method<br />
4. 4. The Comparison-Contrast Essay. Prof. Julia I. Martínez<br />The point-by-point method<br />I. Introduction (hook, background info, thesis statement)<br />II. Body<br /> a. Paragraph 1: Point 1 (item A and B)<br /> b. Paragraph 2: Point 2 (item A and B)<br /> c. Paragraph 3: Point 3 (item A and B)<br />III. Conclusion<br />
5. 5. The Comparison-Contrast Essay. Prof. Julia I. Martínez<br />The block method<br />I. Introduction (hook, background information, thesis statement)<br />II. Body<br /> a. Paragraph 1: Item A (points 1, 2 and 3)<br /> b. Paragraph 2: Item B (points 1, 2 and 3)<br />III. Conclusion<br />Note: this method is more useful if you are going to do both comparison and contrast in your essay.<br />
6. 6. The Comparison-Contrast Essay. Prof. Julia I. Martínez<br />Some things to take into account:<br />Try to choose two items that can actually be compared/contrasted<br />Choose the most important points of comparison/contrast and focus on them<br />Use appropriate transition signals either to indicate comparison or contrast<br />