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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

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