Try it risk-free This lesson explains what it is to write a compare and contrast essay.For the student who needs to describe two subjects, a compare and contrast essay offers the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of a topic.In a science course, topics could be based on comparing and contrasting two species of plants or animals, or comparing one theory in a given subject area to another theory.
It can be effective to use very specific examples, questions, and citations to make a point.
A compare and contrast essay is generally structured in one of two ways.
The instructions are such that the essay must both compare, provide similarities, and contrast, provide differences, for living in both types of areas. Compare and contrast essays are multi-paragraph compositions that explain ways in which two (or occasionally more) subjects are similar and different.
In these essays, compare means describing similarities between the subjects.
A Venn diagram is an organizational tool formed by two overlapping circles that compare two subjects. Characteristics unique to each subject are written in the non-overlapping parts of the circle, while any similar characteristics are listed in the overlapping part.
For the social studies essay, start filling the Venn diagram in with what was learned about farm life and city life. Maybe that list includes items like working with farm animals, working with farm machinery, being outdoors, self-sufficiency, fewer neighbors, etc.When studying a particular subject, students are often asked to write essays that compare and contrast various aspects of that area of study.It is common to be assigned to write essays in all areas of study, not just when taking a composition course.For example, in a social studies course, a class is working on a unit about the places where people live: rural, urban, and suburban.The instructor assigns everyone a compare and contrast essay on life in a city compared to life on a farm. A strong, well-written, and organized compare and contrast essay will show the instructor that the writer understands the differences between life in the city and life on the farm.Prewriting allows the writer to get ideas and details down on paper before writing paragraphs.A Venn diagram can be used to sort the information.Once your Venn diagram is full, you can start to decide on your thesis statement.Examine your Venn diagram and ask, ''What does this information tell me?When a writer contrasts two things, he or she explains ways in which they are different.After completing a unit of study on where people live, students should be able to provide several details about how life on a farm can be vastly different from life in a city.