Student Worksheet for Compare-and-Contrast Essay
Point of view (first person or third person): Third person
Rhetorical mode and chosen topic:
While research is not required, please cite any research that you incorporate or consult. Your primary mode of information will come from your own observation, most likely.
Essay’s main idea and thesis statement:
How do you treat people, places, and phenomena that have similarities and differences? How do you choose between these two related things or people? This is the purpose of a compare-and-contrast essay. Your thesis should frame the two to three subjects and allude to the importance of this comparison.
Basic necessary elements in paper:
- Logical organization
- Two to three similar, yet different, items to compare
Questions to ask about the paper:
Did you choose items to compare that have appreciable differences and enough similarities?
Does your paper have a narrative, or is it a list? It should not be a list…
Does your essay have a thesis? Does it explain or gesture toward the significance of your comparison/contrast?
Does your paper organize the comparison/contrast in a logical fashion—usually by types of similarities/types of differences?