A compare and contrast essay
You are to write a one-two page compare or contrast essay.
You may choose to write a compare essay focusing on the similarities of two subjects or a contrast essay focusing on their differences. Your opinion about the two elements in question becomes your thesis statement; the body of the paper then shows why you arrived at that opinion.
Choose an appropriate pattern of organization (Block or Point-by-Point). Compare and contrast for a reason. Ask yourself, “What is the significant point I want my readers to learn or understand from reading this comparison/contrast essay? Why do they need to know this?”
Use as many vivid examples and details as possible to describe both your subjects. Provide balanced support for both. Use enough transitional devices to ensure a smooth flow from one subject to another and from one point to the next.