Comparison and Contrast: Prompt 1



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Compare/Contrast

Directions: Select one of the three compare and contrast prompt options. Complete the prompt and submit in by Friday.

Comparison and Contrast: Prompt 1

You have probably heard your parents or grandparents speak nostalgically of “the good old days.” Was life one or two generations ago really better than it is today? Think about the information you have gathered from older relatives and friends, as well as what you have read and learned about in school.



Write an essay in which you compare and contrast life for teenagers in “the good old days” and now. Remember to use specific examples and details to support your ideas.

Comparison and Contrast: Prompt 2

How does the way family life is shown on television reflect and differ from reality? Think of several television families and real families. Use a Venn diagram to chart the similarities and differences between the two groups.



Write an essay in which you compare and contrast television families and real-life families. Refer to your Venn diagram to help you organize your essay. Remember to use specific examples and concrete details to support your ideas.

Compare and Contrast: Prompt 3

You and your friends have decided to put together a shopping guide for teenagers. It is filled with your own consumer reviews on clothing and accessories. Pick a type of clothing or accessory with which you are familiar, such as jeans, shirts, hats, or jewelry.



Write a consumer report in which you compare and contrast two styles or brands of this item. Remember to use specific examples and concrete details to support your ideas.

Compare / Contrast Rubric



Key Traits

3 (Strong)

2 (Average)

1 (Weak)

IDEAS

• The writer orients the reader by clearly stating the subjects being compared and contrasted.

• The thesis statement is clear and focused and identifies similarities and differences.

• Relevant details and examples support each similarity and/or difference.

• The writer connects solid examples to defend the thesis in thoughtful ways.



• The writer somewhat orients the reader by stating the subjects being compared and contrasted.

• The thesis statement is too broad or too narrow, but loosely identifies similarities and differences.

• Details and examples support most similarities and/or differences.

• The writer connects examples to defend the thesis in adequate ways.



• The writer does not state the subjects being compared and contrasted.

• The thesis statement is unclear or missing; it does not identify similarities and differences.

• Details and examples are irrelevant or missing and do not support similarities and/or differences.

• The writer does not connect examples to defend the thesis.



VOICE

• The tone and voice are appropriate for the purpose and audience.

• The writing reflects active engagement with the topic.



• The tone and voice are acceptable for the purpose and audience but not strongly individual or direct.

• The writing lacks consistent engagement with the topic.



• The voice lacks individuality and is not concerned with or not matched to the audience.

• The writing is lifeless or mechanical and reflects no engagement with the topic.



CONVENTIONS

Spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are generally correct.

• Grammar and usage are correct.

• Paragraphing is correct and reinforces comparison-contrast organization.


• Spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are sometimes uneven.

• Grammar and usage do not distort meaning but are not always correct.

• Paragraphing is attempted but is not always sound.


• Spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are frequently incorrect.

• Grammar and usage mistakes are frequent and distort meaning.



Paragraphing is missing, irregular, or too frequent.


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