How to Write a Comparison & Contrast Essay ..
To write a compare/contrast essay, you’ll need to make NEW connections and/or express NEW differences between two things. The key word here…is NEW!
Types of Papers: Compare/Contrast
Be careful not to quote too much directly from the story.
, or put the stories
into your own words
Use good language,
, to show comparing and contrasting
Using the Right Language
How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay
The best way to help you plan and organize for the essay is to use a
"(Story 1) and (story 2) are somewhat the same and somewhat different."
"(Story 1) and (story 2) have many similarities and differences."
"(Story 1) and (story 2) are partly the same and partly different."
Language of Comparing
Language of Contrasting
In the same way
This is just like
This reminds us of
On the other hand
Contrary to this
Opposite to this
At variance with
What you need to get a perfect score
Clearly introduce a topic in a manner that follows logically from the task to the purpose
Demonstrate insightful comprehension and analysis of text(s)
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples from the test(s)
Sustain the use of varied, relevant evidence
Exhibit clear, purposeful, organization
Skillfully link ideas using grade-appropriate, stylistically sophisticated language and domain specific vocabulary
Provide a concluding statement that follows clearly from the topic and information presented
Demonstrate grade-appropriate command of conventions, with few errors
In the stories.
Instruct groups to draw two columns on the paper and write the words Compare (same) on top of the left-hand column and Contrast (different) on top of the right-hand column.