Compare-Contrast Assistance Sheet Example Thesis Statements



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Compare-Contrast Assistance Sheet

Example Thesis Statements:
While television from the 1950’s and television from the present differ greatly, they still share some commonalities.
The differences between television from the 1950’s and the present are clear, yet similarities still exist between the two.
While television from the 1950’s and the present clearly differ, there are still some important similarities.
Example Summary Statements (Compare & Contrast in DIFFERENT paragraph:
In order to demonstrate, this essay will discuss the unique characteristics of television from the 1950’s and the present, as well as discuss the similarities between the two.
In support of this argument, it is necessary to first contrast television from the 1950’s and the present, and finally offer a comparison of the two.
This can be seen by showcasing the distinct characteristics of television from the 1950’s and the present, as well as the similarities between the two.
Example Summary Statements (Compare & Contrast in SAME paragraphs w/ catagories):
In order to demonstrate, this essay will discuss the unique characteristics and similarities of programming, the number of available channels, and the tone of programming of television from the 1950’s and the present.
In support of this argument, it is necessary to compare and contrast programming, the number of available channels, and the tone of programming of television from the 1950’s and the present.
This can be seen by showcasing the similarities and differences between programming, the number of available channels, and the tone of programming of television from the 1950’s and the present.
Example Main Idea Sentences (Compare & Contrast in DIFFERENT paragraph):
Before the unique characteristics of television from the present can be examined, it is important to note that television from the 1950’s is not without its distinct characteristics.
In addition to television from the 1950’s distinguishing itself from other eras, the same holds true for television from the present.
Despite the differences between the two eras in television, some clear similarities emerge.
Example Main Ideas Sentences (Compare & Contrast in SAME paragraphs w/catagories):
Before one can make sense out of the similarities and differences between channels and the tone of programming during the 1950’s and the present, it is necessary to first investigate the types of programming from the two eras.
In addition to the concept of types of television programming from the 1950’s and the present, similarities and differences can clearly be seen in regards to the number of channels offered during the two time periods.
While television from the 1950’s and the present are both similar and different in terms of the types of television programming and the number of channels offered, the same holds true for the tone of television programming during these two ears.

Sample Intro Paragraph
Prompt: Compare and contrast the ancient Greek cities states of Athens and Sparta


Imagine living in a place where all boys know from birth that they will be trained to become fierce fighters and that is their only option. This was the reality for all male citizens growing up in the ancient city-state of Sparta, but not so for their close by neighbors in Athens.

Attention Getter

Around 750 BCE, the Ancient Greeks evolved a unique version of the city-state, known as the polis. Athens and Sparta were two of the most dominant and successful polises of that time. They are also two of the most memorable city-states in Greek history, largely because they were so different.

Historical Context

However, while the differences between Ancient Sparta and Ancient Athens were dramatic, some similarities did exist between the two.


Thesis

Specifically, Sparta and Athens differed in values, lifestyle, and government structure, but despite these differences, both managed to become very successful, thriving communities.

Summary



Transitions

Similarities

 Is similar to

 Both

 Also


 Too

 As well

 Like


Differences

 On the other hand

 However

 But


 Although

 Unlike


 While



Quoting and Paraphrasing:
From Primary Source Documents
Paraphrase Example 1:
Document C suggests that women had many jobs such as dancer, wool seller, and barber.
Paraphrase Example 2:
As illustrated on the tombstone of a woman in ancient Greece, women held many different jobs such as dancer, wool seller, and barber (Doc. C).

Quote Example:
For example, in document A first century-CE writer Martial states, "You all ask why I don't want to marry a rich wife. I don't want to be my wife's wife".
* For primary sources please make sure to include the specific document the information comes from. The document may be stated in the sentence, or in parenthesis at the end of the sentence.
From Secondary Source Documents
Paraphrase:

Some elite women even participated in politics by holding public demonstrations such as the one held to repeal the Oppian Law (Women, p. 14)


*For secondary sources it is best to paraphrase. Please include p. and the paragraph # where that information was found.


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