Navarro College English 1301 Hammonds-French. Unit 4: Comparison-Contrast. What is Comparison-Contrast?. Comparing = seeing how things are alike Contrasting = seeing how things are different Comparison-contrast helps us to answer questions of benefits v. disadvantages ,
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cost v. reward, likes v. dislikes, and it gives us knowledge in a variety of situations that require choice: which movie would I rather spend my money to see?
2. Stay focused on your purpose. You are NOT to just compose a mechanical list of “how A differs from B.” You must determine in your thesis the reason for your comparison-contrast. (See if you can determine the reason for the c-c in the thesis statements below.)
3. Formulate a strong thesis statement that does the following. Your thesis should…
1. Name the subjects being compared and contrasted. 2. Indicate whether the essay focuses on similarities, differences, or both. 3. State the essay’s main point of comparison-contrast.
5. Organize the points to be discussed so that they are not a confused jumble of information. There are two acceptable ways of organizing your essay:
6. Supply the reader/evaluator with clear transitions. Even if you follow the pattern correctly, you will still need to use transitions to smoothly move through your essay.
[NAVARRO class only= rough draft due next week for peer evaluation]