Comparison essays are very common assignments in both high school and college. They help you to understand the relationship between two things and draw conclusions.
This message will disappear when then podcast has fully loaded. Compare and contrast is a common form of academic writing, either as an essay type on its own, or as part of a larger essay which includes one or more paragraphs which compare or contrast.
There is also an example compare and contrast essay on the topic of communication technology, as well as some exercises to help you practice this area. To compare is to examine how things are similar, while to contrast is to see how they differ.
A compare and contrast essay therefore looks at the similarities of two or more objects, and the differences. This essay type is common at university, where lecturers frequently test your understanding by asking you to compare and contrast two theories, two methods, two historical periods, two characters in a novel, etc.
Sometimes the whole essay will compare and contrast, though sometimes the comparison or contrast may be only part of the essay.
It is also possible, especially for short exam essays, that only the similarities or the differences, not both, will be discussed.
See the examples below. Compare and contrast Newton's ideas of gravity with those proposed by Einstein ['compare and contrast' essay] Examine how the economies of Spain and China are similar ['compare' only essay] Explain the differences between Achaemenid Empire and Parthian Empire ['contrast' only essay] Structure There are two main ways to structure a compare and contrast essay, namely using a block or a point-by-point structure.
This type of structure is similar to the block structure used for cause and effect and problem-solution essays. For the point-by-point structure, each similarity or difference for one object is followed immediately by the similarity or difference for the other.
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The two types of structure, block and point-by-point, are shown in the diagram below.The point by point arrangement organises the essay according to the supporting ideas. In the point by point arrangement above the compared objects are American fast food and Turkish fast food.
In the first body paragraph the supporting idea ‘health’ is explained in terms of . Set up your point-by-point comparison paper using the list of connections you have made. There are two ways you can structure a comparison paper.
You can divide your paper into two sections. The first section will describe the first item and its relationship to the connections you have made. Body paragraph; the body is where more weight of your essay is. Divide your body into different sections at those sections tackle different division of proof.
Provide evidence and analyze them to connect the proofs and thesis. You can organize your essay in a three paragraph point by point on each. The point-by-point method is often utilized for longer assignment, essays, and papers. Essays using the point-by-point method can seem more like lists than essays and lack unity.
There are two ways to organize a comparison and contrast essay. The first (and often the clearest) method is the Point-by-Point method. The second method is called the Block method.
To avoid these problems with this structure, make sure to include lots of. This type of structure is similar to the block structure used for cause and effect and problem-solution essays. For the point-by-point structure, each similarity (or difference) for one object is followed immediately by the similarity (or difference) for the other.