Comparison essay, two stages of a persons life

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Write a comparison essay on one of the below topics. Choose a method of organization that is suitable for your topic (block method or point-by-point method), and remember that your comparison or contrast should make a point or serve a purpose.

  • Two stages of a person’s life (compare)

Please make sure your essay explores interesting and significant similarities or differences. Your reader should learn something by seeing these two items compared or contrasted; do not settle for the obvious similarities/differences.

Length: 1000-1200 words (4-5 pages) in APA style

Sources: No additional sources required

Writing the Comparison and Contrast Essay 1 Adapted from Cristina Maldonado for the Writing Center Roxbury Community College 2 Comparison and Contrast  Involves comparing and/or contrasting two related subjects  The purpose behind your analysis of these two topics must frame the discussion (e.g. you have been asked to select one topic over the other, make a proposal, etc.) 3 Understanding the Assignment  Compare and Contrast Essay assignments tend to use the following language:  "How does X differ from Y?"  "Compare X and Y"  "What are the advantages and disadvantages of X and Y?"  Example:  Consider whether there are more similarities or differences between Paris & Dubai. “Writing Essay Exams”. The OWL at Purdue. 27 May 2008 . 4 Brainstorming  Before you begin writing, it is important for you to have a working knowledge of the similarities and differences between your two topics.  Identification of the similarities and differences will assist you in creating a clear thesis statement. 5 Developing a Thesis Statement  Ask yourself the following:  Does the assignment ask me to answer a question?  Is there something important, significant, or interesting in the similarities and differences on my list?  What will the reader learn by seeing these two items compared and contrasted? 6 Sample Thesis Statement  Although Dubai and Paris have different infrastructure, they are similar in social terms.   Infrastructure can mean roads & buildings Social terms can mean people & economy 7 Organizing the Paper: Block Method  Subject A: Dubai  Idea 1: Roads System  Idea 2: Buildings  Idea 3: Society  Idea 4: Economy  Subject B: Paris  Idea 1: Roads System  Idea 2: Buildings  Idea 3: Society  Idea 4: Economy “Writing Essay Exams”. The OWL at Purdue. 27 May 2008 . 8 Organizing the Paper: Point by Point method  Idea 1: Roads System Subject A: Dubai  Subject B: Paris   Idea 2: Buildings Subject A: Dubai  Subject B: Paris   Idea 3: Society Subject A: Dubai  Subject B: Paris   Idea 4: Economy Subject A: Dubai  Subject B: Paris  “Writing Essay Exams”. The OWL at Purdue. 27 May 2008 . 9 Transitional Words  on the other hand,  similarly,  yet  unlike A, B ...  in the same way  but  while both A and B are ..., only B ..  Nevertheless,  on the contrary  though  despite “Writing Essay Exams”. The OWL at Purdue. 27 May 2008 . 10 Points to Remember  Brainstorming is essential—it is important for you to understand how your topics are related and how they are different.  This understanding will assist you in writing a clear thesis statement.  Transitional words will help pinpoint the similarities and differences for the reader – be sure to use them. 11 Brainstorming Exercise  Compare and contrast the styles of two comedians, actors, or musicians to inform your reader about the characteristics of each one.  If you have lived in more than one place, compare and contrast life in two of those places.

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