Compare-Contrast Essay – Rough Draft
Chapter 6, you learned about different types of personal writing, which include
descriptive essays and narrative essays. You were also able to use these
techniques in the essay you wrote during Week Two. For this week’s essay, you
will be writing a Compare-Contrast Essay on the similarities and differences
between a narrative essay and a descriptive essay, ending with a persuasive
statement on which style of essay you believe is superior to the other, based on
the examples you selected. For more information on how to write a persuasive
statement, please refer to Chapter 7 of your text.
To assist you in
writing this Compare-Contrast Essay, you were asked to choose one descriptive
and one narrative essay to use from a list of possible essays. In the Week Two
assignment, you wrote a draft of an essay that utilizes the techniques
implemented by these authors.
During your discussion forums this week,
you identified similarities and differences between the essays you chose. Now,
you will use those items to create a Compare-Contrast Essay. Chapter 8 from
Essentials of College Writing references two ways to organize this type of
essay. In your essay, you will present several points of comparison and contrast
in either block arrangement or point-by-point organization.
- Present several points of comparison and contrast in either block
arrangement or point-by-point organization. Make sure to address the structural
components of each essay.
- Incorporate the following:
- A quote from one of the chosen essays.
- A summary of a section of one of the chosen essays.
- A paraphrase of a section from one of the chosen essays.
- Conclude with a persuasive statement about which style of essay is superior,
based on the examples you selected. Make sure to address how the structure of
the essay contributes to its superiority.
This rough draft needs
to be between 900 and 1000 words, and it should have a thesis statement that
clearly states what you are writing about. For more information about writing
thesis statements, review Chapter 5 of Essentials of College Writing or visit
the Ashford Writing Center
The point of a rough
draft is to allow your instructor to get a good sense of your organizational
writing skills, to determine how well you utilized the outline to create an
effective Compare-Contrast Essay, and to give you feedback that you will
incorporate into your Compare-Contrast Essay – Final Draft that is due in Week
When submitting your essay, make sure to:
- Proofread your work for errors in grammar, mechanics, and style.
- Check that the essay is 900 to 1,000 words.
- Include a title page and a reference page (these are not counted in the word
- Format the paper according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
- Save the document as a Microsoft Word or compatible .doc or .docx file.
- Use a naming convention that includes your last name, week number, and the
assignment number (e.g., smith_w2_a1.doc).
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