Assignment You will write a point-by-point compare-contrast essay that explains the similarities and differences of two animals



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Assignment

You will write a point-by-point compare-contrast essay that explains the similarities and differences of two animals. Select two animals with a fairly equal number of similarities and differences. For example, a whale and a brine shrimp are too different for a balanced point-by-point comparison-contrast. On the other hand, a gray squirrel and a red squirrel are probably too similar. A pair like a dolphin and a shark have a more balanced amount of similarities and differences, making them a better choice.

Traits of Writing Goals

Ideas: Select two interesting subjects, write a clear focus statement, and use details to compare and contrast the subjects.

Organization: Introduce your comparison in the beginning and provide the point-by-point comparison in the middle part. Draw conclusions at the end.

Voice: Write with an original voice that shows your enthusiasm.

Word Choice: Choose precise words and define unfamiliar terms.

Sentence Fluency: Write with a variety of sentences that connect your subjects with clear comparisons and contrasts.

Conventions: Check your essay for correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar.

***Scoring Rubric can be found on page 194-195 of your text book!

To Begin

  1. Create your own Topics Chart (see page 166). Select your topic from that chart.



  1. Gather details using a Gathering Grid (see page 167). Use detail categories like physical characteristics, diet, habitat, and behavior (3 minimum). Each category should have at least 3 questions. Use books and encyclopedias in the library and the Internet to find questions to answers that you don’t already know. Remember to write your sources on the Citation Organizer so that you don’t accidentally plagiarize!



  1. Write an organized outline for your writing (see pages 168-170). You may use the outline handout provided.

  2. Write your first draft (see pages 171-176)! Remember these keys to effective writing:

Format Guidelines for Point-by-Point Compare/Contrast Essay

  1. Paragraph #1: Introduction

    1. Begin with a broad statement that catches your audience’s attention.

    2. Narrow in your focus.

    3. End with a thesis statement (a focus statement that you are building your ENTIRE essay around).

  2. Paragraph #2: First Body Paragraph

    1. Start with a topic sentence – what is THIS paragraph about? (i.e. physical characteristics)

    2. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between your two subjects in ONE category.

  3. Paragraph #3: Second Body Paragraph

    1. Start with a topic sentence – what is THIS paragraph about? (i.e. diet)


DUE DATES*:

  • Topic due 2/7

  • Gathering grid Qs due 2/7

  • Completed Gathering grid & Citation Organizer due 2/13

  • Outline due 2/14

  • 1st draft due 2/22

  • 2nd draft due 2/26

  • Final copy due 2/28

*All due dates subject to change! Please pay attention in class!
Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between your two subjects in ONE category.

  1. Paragraph #4: Third Body Paragraph

    1. Start with a topic sentence – what is THIS paragraph about? (i.e. habitat)

    2. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between your two subjects in ONE category.

(INSERT ANY ADDITIONAL BODY PARAGRAPHS HERE)

  1. Paragraph #5: Conclusion

    1. Reiterate your focus statement.

    2. Tie it all together.

    3. End on a memorable closing note.


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