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Write a 500-750 word essay using comparison/contrast as a method of development.
Include an outline with your essay. There is an example of an outline in the descriptive essay lesson.
Use MLA format. Courier New font, size 12. There is an example of MLA format in the descriptive lesson.
Determine exactly what you are going to compare and/or contrast. Be sure that your items have sufficient relationship to be compared/contrasted (you would not choose to compare/contrast a slug and a computer).
Decide whether you will use the point-by-point or block method of organization, and be consistent. Either method is acceptable.
Give some thought to the order of presentation of points being compared and contrasted. You might want to use order of importance, size, etc.
Purpose: to inform
Method of Development: comparison/contrast
For topics, see the list at the end of the Comparison-Contrast chapter in The Longman Reader. If you prefer to use a topic not on the list, send me your choice for approval through Messages.
Have a purpose for writing. Do not simply list the differences between two things. That is not an essay. That is a list.
Please do not compare two sports teams.
LIVING AT HOME VERSUS IN AN APARTMENT OR DORM
A SPORTS TEAM THEN AND NOW
MARRIAGE VERSUS LIVING TOGETHER
TALKING ON THE PHONE VERSIS TEXTING
TWO APPRAOCHES TO STUDYING
TWO APPROACHES TO PARENTING
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