“By the Waters of Babylon” & “There Will Come Soft Rains”



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Compare/Contrast Essay

“By the Waters of Babylon” & “There Will Come Soft Rains”

Compare and contrast the post-apocalyptic short stories “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury and “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benét. Include a minimum of one similarity and one difference. Consider the setting, theme, and style of the two stories.


The thesis statement must include the elements that you intend to compare and contrast. The body paragraphs must include examples from the stories to support your thesis. The conclusion should reiterate your thesis statement.

Writer’s Name _______________________ Evaluator’s Name ___________________________



Peer Evaluation – Compare/Contrast Essay

“By the Waters of Babylon” & “There Will Come Soft Rains”





  1. What is the thesis statement of the essay? Write it below:

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  1. How many discussion points support the thesis statement? Number and list them below:

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  1. Identify one quote that supports a discussion point:

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  1. Identify one example or detail that supports a discussion point:

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  1. What is the restatement of the thesis statement that appears in the conclusion? Write it below:

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Scoring Guide for Compare/Contrast Essay

By the Waters of Babylon” & “There Will Come Soft Rains”


Prewriting _____ (5)
Rough draft _____ (10)
Peer evaluation _____ (10)

Essay


Thesis statement _____ (5)
Discussion point 1 with support _____ (10)
Discussion point 2 with support _____ (10)
Discussion point 3 with support _____ (10)
Conclusion/restatement _____ (5)
Quotes _____ (5)
Spelling punctuation, capitalization, etc. _____ (5)
TOTAL _____ (75)


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