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Compare and Contrast Essay Notes Name Date 1. What is a compare/contrast essay? 1. An essay that requires you to analyze the similarities and/or differences between two things 2. What pre- writing technique should you use before beginning to write your compare/contrast essay? 2. Venn diagram—Two circles that overlap (one side of a circle overlaps with one side of another); the outer sides of the each circle highlight points unique to one item, where the middle section, which forms an oval from the overlapping, highlights similarities between the two items. 3. How should your thesis sound like? 3. The thesis of your comparison/contrast paper is very important: it can help you create a focused argument and give your reader a road map so she/he doesn't get lost in the sea of points you are about to make. As in any paper, you will want to replace vague reports of your general topic (for example, "This paper will compare and contrast two pasta places," or "Pizza
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