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Comparative Essay Reminders

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Comparative Essay Reminders

  1. 1. Comparative Essay REMINDERS
  2. 2. Write an essay that: • Has a relevant thesis and supports that thesis with appropriate historical evidence. • Addresses all parts of the question. • Makes direct, relevant comparisons. • Analyzes relevant reasons for similarities and differences.
  3. 3. Scoring Guideline 1. Has an acceptable thesis (1) 2. Addresses all parts of the question. (2) 3. Supports thesis with appropriate historical evidence. [5 evidentiary statements] (2) 4. Makes relevant, direct comparisons between and among societies. (1) 5. Analyzes reasons for a similarity or difference identified in the direct comparison. (1)
  4. 4. Thesis Paragraph (re-state prompt, years, answer the prompt w/ at least 1 sim and 1 diff) 1st Body Paragraph Address similarities in topic sentence Evidence : Explain, Examples, Results of similarities Analysis : CAUSE of Similarities 2nd Body Paragraph Address differences in topic sentence Evidence : Explain, Examples, Results of differences Analysis : CAUSE of Differences (If you have time – rewrite the thesis paragraph as your conclusion.)
  5. 5. Thesis Paragraph 1st Body Paragraph Address similarity in topic sentence Evidence : Explain, Examples, Results of similarity Analysis : CAUSE of Similarities 2nd Body Paragraph Address difference in topic sentence Evidence : Explain, Examples, Results of difference Analysis : CAUSE of Difference 3rd Body Paragraph Address another difference/similarity in topic sentence Evidence : Explain, Examples, Results Analysis : CAUSE
  6. 6. Reminders • ANSWER THE PROMPT • Restate prompt in thesis paragraph including the years/dates. • Compare continually – in topic sentences, evidence, and analysis • Score points! • Use past tense and do not use “I”

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