ComparisonandContrastWriting.ppt

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Comparison & Contrast Essay
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What is comparison and contrast? Comparison shows how two or more things are similar Contrast shows how two or more things are different
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What do we compare and how to select our topic for comparison? People/animals/inanimate (objects) In making comparisons, you should move beyond the obvious The two things to be compared must have enough in common (i.e. some basic similarities) to justify the comparison When two things are very similar , it is the contrasts that may be worth writing about (e.g. twins)
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Structuring a Comparison and Contrast Essay Your five-part essay should either Compare or Contrast , not both . Introduction should include hook and thesis . Hook (general statement about the subjects to be compared or contrasted ) Thesis should evolve (develop) from brainstorming .
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Brainstorm everything you know about each subject and then go back and look for connections that show similarities and differences . Brainstorming
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Patterns of Organization
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Contrasting Identical Twins Points of Comparison (+) /Contrast (-) Sonia Donia Parentage (+) Biological mother and father Biological mother and father Birthday (+) Born on the same day/hour Born on the same day/hour Career (+) Medical student Medical student Dress (+) Colour/design/fabric Colour/design/fabric Hobbies (+) Swimming & antiques collection Swimming & antiques collection Character (-) Sociable, generous & kind unsociable, stingy & unkind
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Developing the Thesis Statement Look at your list and ask yourself some questions: Is there something important, significant, or interesting in the similarities and differences on my list? What have I discovered about my two topics?
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Contrasting Identical Twins (demo) Points of Comparison (+) /Contrast (-) Sonia Donia Parentage (+) Biological mother and father Biological mother and father Birthday (+) Born on the same day/hour Born on the same day/hour Career (+) Medical student Medical student Dress (+) Colour/design/fabric Colour/design/fabric Hobbies (+) Swimming & antiques collection Swimming & antiques collection Character (-) Sociable, generous & kind unsociable, stingy & unkind
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Formulating a Thesis Statement After looking at the list, a THESIS STATEMENT might be : Sample 1 Although identical twins may have some fascinating similarities, there are also certain distinctions in their character which make each has his/her own distinct personality.
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Sample 2 Although identical twins are born on the same
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Body Paragraphs Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence which clearly states the similarity or difference to be dealt with. Each body paragraph should discuss the similarities or differences between both subjects (e.g. Sonia and Donia)
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Body Paragraphs Body Paragraph One : The most important/noticeable/obvious/ striking (remarkable) is similarity/ contrast is sociability .
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