EH 1010 Unit 3 Rural and Urban Living Demographic Trends Comparative Essay

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Comparative Essay Draft

Write a 750-1000 word essay about a pair of items in which the similarities and differences of those items are compared and contrasted in the style described within Unit III. Please note that the Comparative Essay Final will be due in Unit IV of this course. However, you should complete the entire paper in this draft and do your best work as you will have more applicable feedback from which to make changes to your essay for the final draft.

Purpose: Throughout Unit III, we have discussed the conventions of the comparative essay. The purpose of this assignment is to measure your mastery of those conventions by putting your knowledge into practice. In a larger context, the purpose of writing a comparative essay is to gain the skills of detecting similarities and differences between at least two items and then using those similarities and differences to create knowledge about either one or both of the items. In this way, the comparative essay is a tool used for both observation and analysis.

Process: For the comparative essay, you will complete the following steps:

  1. Choose a pair of topics that complement one another: See the suggested list of topics in the "Comparative Essay Topics Handout" below in the supplemental documents portion of these instructions.
  2. Create a list of similarities and differences: See Unit III, Lesson 2, for more instruction about how to create a list.
  3. Create a thesis statement based on similarities, differences, or both similarities and differences: See Unit III, Lesson 3, for more information about how to create a thesis statement.
  4. Choose whether to organize your essay by point or by subject: For an essay organized by point, see Unit III, Lesson 4, and the "Comparative Essay Example: Essay Organized by Point" below. For an essay organized by subject, see Unit III, Lesson 5, and the "Comparative Essay Example: Essay Organized by Subject" below.
  5. Consult the "Comparative Essay: Final Self-Check List" below before submission.

Stylistic details: All essays must meet the following requirements:

  • 750-1000 words.
  • Write in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
  • Include one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Use double spacing (top-to-bottom every page, to include above and below titles and centered words).
  • Include an APA title page (for all essays) and reference list that includes all of the sources used in the essay.
  • Include a header.
  • Include page numbers (upper-right corner only).
  • Adhere to APA convention and documentation style (See the CSU citation guide for assistance.).
  • At least one source is required. All sources used must be cited.

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EH 1010 Unit III: Comparative Essay Comparative Essay Topics Handout 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Cash vs. Credit Fracking vs. Solar Power Recycling vs. Landfill Electric Cars vs. Hybrid Cars Renting vs. Owning Online Education vs. Traditional Education Paper Bags vs. Plastic Bags Friends vs. Family Antique/Used vs. New Offense vs. Defense Marriage vs. Civil unions Baseball vs. Football (comparison of other sports) Vacation vs. Staycation (staying at home) Childhood vs. Adulthood Infatuation vs. Love Talking vs. Texting Parental Influence vs. Peer Influence Toddlers vs. Teenagers Rural Living vs. Urban Living Eating Out vs. Eating at Home
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Rural and Urban Living
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The impression of towns, countryside, and cities seem similar to many people. This essay
will compare urban areas to rural areas focusing on themes of earnings, working, population, and
services. Evidence shows that rural areas are better than urban areas based on measures of crime
rate and unemployment. Urban areas are better compared to rural areas in terms of housing; it is
easy to get affordable housing within urban areas compared to acquiring similar housing for
workers in rural areas. Rural areas are less sparse in terms of population distribution. In contrast,
population patterns within urban areas vary, showing the concentration of people in some areas
while in other locations, the population is sparse. Differences in population patterns between
upcountry and cities lead to diversity in experiences for their inhabitants. Most areas of focus
include transport, availability of services, physical environment, working lives, household
finances, and health.
In terms of Demographic trends, urban areas have rising ethnic and racial change due to
the influx of immigration of individuals from rural areas and individuals from foreign countries.
Rural areas have negligible population gains due to the emigration of individuals who have
moved into urban areas seeking employment opportunities. Additionally, individuals in urban
and rural areas differ in terms of political affiliation. The majority of the people in urban areas
are democrats, while those in upcountry areas are more inclined towards republicans. Rural areas
lag on matters of enhancing economic wellbeing; thus, economic development in rural areas is
lower compared to growth in urban areas.



Financial optimism among graduates in rural areas and those in urban areas are different;
graduates in rural areas are less optimistic about their chances of attaining their "dream life." On
the other hand, graduates in urban areas are confident about achieving the financial stability they
desire. Life in upcountry is simple; the simplicity of rural life is reflected by dressing habits,
shelter, mannerisms, and the type of food consumed. Living in the city is very complex; different
social classes exist where a few live comfortably in spacious homes while part o...

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