Comparison/Contrast Essay: Thesis Statement and Outline
This week you will begin a three-week process of writing a
- After you have selected an appropriate topic, the next critical step is to
develop your thesis statement.
- Your thesis statement will present a claim (that you will prove) and will
set up the path of your paper.
- Using the thesis statement as your guide, you will then create a brief
outline that will help to keep you on track as you write.
- The claim in a comparison/contrast essay is actually based on the opinion
you have about which of two selected items is superior to the other. You will
prove the claim by discussing three points that you will evaluate about both
For example, an effective
thesis statement for a comparison/contrast essay would be the
are far superior to paper bags because they are water-resistant, malleable and
You can see more excellent
thesis statement examples that include an Essay Map on pages 41-42 (examples 1,
3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10).Our Class Discussion should have helped you to
decide which two items you would like to compare/contrast, as well as the three
evaluative points you will use to prove your claim. The Week 9 Individual Work
assignment worksheet will walk you step-by-step through developing your
thesis statement and basic outline.
Keep in mind that the
comparison/contrast essay is a research paper, not a personal essay. Include
your thoughts and ideas in the essay, but by writing only in the objective,
academic third person. Do not use first person (I, me,
my, us, we) or second person (any form of