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Compare Contrast

  1. 1. WRITING THE COMPARE/CONTRAST ESSAY ENG 093 QVCC - Fall 2008
  2. 2. Compare/Contrast <ul><li>Designed to show relationship between two objects </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on how the objects are the same and different </li></ul><ul><li>Results in a meaningful analysis of what these differences and similarities are mean </li></ul>
  3. 3. Planning Phase <ul><li>Apples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apples are red </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apples are fruit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apples grow on trees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apples are harvested in the fall </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Oranges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges are orange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges are fruit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges grow on trees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges are harvested in the summer </li></ul></ul>Note the similarities and differences by looking at both objects side by side
  4. 4. Style 1 <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline all details of topic 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline all details of topic 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze topics 1 and 2 together </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  5. 5. Style 1 - Example <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is an orange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What color is an orange </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When do you harvest oranges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where do oranges grow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is an apple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What color is an apple </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When do you harvest apples </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where do apples grow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apples and oranges differ in color and their harvest dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apples and oranges are similar because they are both fruit and both grown on trees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  6. 6. Style 2 <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First issue – discuss topics 1 and 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second issue – discuss topics 1 and 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third Issue – discuss topics 1 and 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  7. 7. Style 2 - Example <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fruit or vegetables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apples are fruits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges are fruits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Color </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apples are red </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges are orange </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apples grow on trees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges grow on trees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apples are harvested in the fall </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oranges are harvested in the summer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  8. 8. What NOT to do <ul><li>No bias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare and contrast only asks you to point out similarities and differences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Imbalance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure to address both objects equally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simply list </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although you do not have to form an opinion or choose a side, you do need to make the relationship between the two objects clear. Do not just list their differences – say why this is significant. </li></ul></ul>

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