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# The comparison contrast essay

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