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Writing a Compare or Contrast Essay for Elementary Students

Updated on May 6, 2015

Compare and Contrast Essays are taught in schools as they are easy to pick up and to understand also helping students in critical thinking. To appropriately write a respectable essay, you need to have a decent topic, i.e. a topic that allows the students to easily establish their writing skills and lastly get a high score without discerning too much. This means the subjects must be stress-free comparable, so one needn’t think too hard to voice their opinion similarities and differences.

A comparison essay (Compare and Contrast essay) is a frequently used category of writing assignment in a number of classes of high school, from art to science. A comparison essay records differences, similarities or resemblances. A contrast essay records only differences. To create a list of differences and comparisons, decide which difference and comparison to concentrate on, and consolidate your paper to make it more vibrant and effective. These comparisons explain how and why you should improve the thesis that goes above and beyond many ways but different compared to others.

The comparison or contrast essays are required to make a point or serve a purpose such as:

  1. Clarify the indefinite or not well understood.
  2. Lead to a new vision or different way of seeing something.
  3. Bring both or one of the subjects into strident emphasis.
  4. Show that one subject is better than the other.

Examples of a Comparison Essays are:

  • Dogs vs. Cats
  • Rap vs. Pop
  • Roman Empire vs. British Empire
  • Comedy vs. Drama
  • Hitler vs. Napoleon
  • Facebook vs. Twitter
  • Newton vs. Einstein

Connectors That Show Comparison or Similarities

In addition, Correspondingly, Same as, As well as, Compared to , Similarly, Just as, Likewise, At the same time.

Connectors That Show Contrast or Differences

However ,Conversely, Even though , Meanwhile, Although, In contrast , On the contrary, On the other hand, Unlike.

Brainstorming of a Comparison Essay

In view of the right structure for your comparison essay is one of the key points for a successful contrast and compare essay. There are two suggested outlines for a comparison essay:

  1. Point-by-point or alternating pattern
  2. Subject-by-subject block pattern

In an alternating pattern essay the mode of comparison will result in the essay having 5 paragraphs. The thesis is stated in the introduction, and then subjects collected for each point of comparison and contrast are discussed. The thesis and a short summary of the essay are restated in the conclusion. According to the block pattern a student is required to separate the body of the essay in two parts. The first part purely dedicated to the prime or first subject; on the other hand the next half will be focused around the instant or second subject conclude by restating the thesis and a short summary.

In short,

  1. In text-by-text, you discuss all of A, then all of B.
  2. In point-by-point, you substitute points about A with similar points about B.

Tips for Writing an Effective Contrast/ Compare Essay

  • Grab the reader’s attention starting from a short background
  • State the thesis
  • State the point providing supporting details
  • Use appropriate transitions
  • Recapitulate the similarities and / or difference of the subjects
  • Highlight the thesis and say why the topic is important
  • Check spelling and grammar

A student might be asked to compare positions on an issue, figures, theories, texts and events. Sometimes you’re urged to use comparison/contrast methods in your own pre-writing work to get ideas that you can far ahead use for an argument, even if comparison/contrast isn't an official requirement for the paper you’re writing. Once you've decided on the differences and similarities make a note of all the interesting, significant, and relevant ideas to include in the paper.


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