Comparison and Contrast Essay #2



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English 0900: Basic Composition II

Instructor: Suzanne Brown



Comparison and Contrast Essay #2

Write a comparison and contrast essay on the following prompt:


There are many stereotypes in American culture. Choose and describe a common stereotype that you think is mistaken; then, compare and contrast those stereotypical images or ideas with a more accurate portrait of reality. For example, you might write about racial, religious, regional, gender, socio-economical, or stereotypes based on a person’s appearance. Answer the following analytical questions about the stereotype of your choice versus reality. How is your stereotype similar to reality? How are they different? How/where/why did the stereotype originate? What effect do they have on society? Is that effect good or bad? Why should this stereotype be abolished? How can society make changes towards this goal?


  1. Complete prewriting to generate ideas.

  2. Create an outline.

    1. Come up with a thesis statement that reveals the topics and indicates whether a comparison, contrast, or both will follow.

    2. Put the points in order using either subject-by-subject or point-by-point organization.

    3. Decide on topic sentences for your body paragraphs.

      1. Select what details to include to flesh out the topic sentence of each body paragraph.

    4. Choose a strategy for your conclusion.

  3. Write a first draft from your outline.

    1. Put your thesis statement in boldface.

    2. Underline the topic sentences in your body paragraphs.

    3. Remember to use transitional words and phrases to link ideas throughout your essay.

    4. Use MLA format for your header information which should include your name, your instructor’s name, the class name, and the date in the upper left corner of your paper.

    5. Put your title following your header information centered at the beginning of your essay. Please put “Final Draft” under the title to designate your final draft.

    6. Write from the third-person point of view. This means do not use I, me, my, we, our, etc. Instead use “one”, “a person”, “a group”, “they”, etc.

  4. Put your draft aside, and then come back later to revise it.

  5. After you’re done revising, create a final draft.

  6. Proofread your final draft for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

WHAT YOU’LL HAND IN: All prewriting (for example, VENN diagram, outline, first draft, etc.) and final draft. The final draft should be clearly labeled with the words “FINAL DRAFT” at the top of the page.


Here is the rubric that I will use to grade your comparison and contrast essay:

GRADING RUBRIC—COMPARISON AND CONTRAST ESSAY

*Please note that all essays must meet the minimum page requirement (2 pages—not 1 ½ or 1 ¾ pages, but 2 full pages). If the papers do not, credit may not be given, and an irreversible grade deduction will be taken.





All prewriting was submitted with final draft.

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Thesis statement is in boldface, and topic sentences of all body paragraphs are underlined.

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Each paragraph contains 5-12 sentences, and many short sentences aren’t used to meet the minimum requirement. All paragraphs are indented.

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Essay is double spaced and typed in 12-point Times.

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Title is centered and at the top of the first page.

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Introduction contains an appropriate and effective “hook” to capture the reader’s attention.

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Thesis statement is located at the end of the introduction, clearly reveals the two topics, and indicates whether a comparison, contrast, or both will follow.

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Points are described using either point-by-point or subject-by-subject organization.

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Each body paragraph contains a topic sentence.

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Body paragraphs contain sufficient details. At least three body paragraphs are used.

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Author wrote from the third-person point of view.

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Conclusion provides satisfactory closure.

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Conclusion has sufficient depth.

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Essay has unity; no irrelevant information is included.

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Transitions effectively link information throughout the essay.

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Essay contains few to no errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

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Essay contains few to no run-ons, comma splices, or sentence fragments.

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