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Compare & Contrast
Brainstorm: Purpose, Audience, Decisions, & Venn Diagram
You may want to break this lesson into two study sessions.
In this assignment, you will use your own thoughts and experiences to brainstorm the following EQ in a mini-essay:
How would you compare & contrast your best friend and you?
Your instructor will give you several parameters to use in this writing.
Your purpose is to describe in detail the things that make you and your best friend alike and different, and how the relationship has grown over time.
Your audience is your classmates who have never met your best friend. They want to know as much as possible about that person to see if, maybe, your best friend might be someone to get to know.
Your Introductory Paragraph:
For your opening hook, you will be asked to BRIEFLY describe how you and your best friend met. This will also serve as background information to the reader.
Feel free to use this as a thesis statement, or create your own.
My friendship with ____ is built on a variety of similarities and differences, which make our friendship deep and long-lasting.
Your Body Paragraphs:
In two paragraphs, use one of the two versions of the All-at-Once method. You may choose the similarities & differences version or subject-by-subject version. Below is the Venn Diagram that shows their differences.
Your Conclusion Paragraph:
You will restate your thesis statement using different words.
Then, for your closing hook, you will include a call to action.
A call to action simply challenges the reader to "do something."
In this case you are calling the reader to a decision found in the EQ:
...They want to know as much as possible about that person to see if, maybe, your best friend might be someone to get to know.
Feel free to customize the call to action to match the details of your opening hook and your voice, but stay with the concept.
"..._____'s characteristics of ____, ____ and ____ make him/her a great example of what to look for in a new friend. ____ will bring _____ to any new friendship. He/She certainly has brought that to ours. "
Decisions to Make: Your Thesis Statement Print out and use this checklist
Feel free to use this thesis statement, “My friendship with ____ is built on a variety of similarities and differences, which make our friendship deep and long-lasting.”
Decisions to Make: Structuring your Body Paragraphs
Using the graphic below, determine which version of the All-at-Once method you are likely to use. You can change your mind later, but go into the Prewriting with some idea.
1. First, discuss this idea with a parent:
When you and your best friend met, what was it that drew you to him/her? As you have grown in your friendship, how have your similarities and differences made your friendship better?
2. As you discuss, answer these CQs to help you add detail to your graphic organizer:
How do the two of you compare and contrast in appearance? Family? Personality?
Who introduced the two of you to each other?
What was it that drew you together? What personal similarities and differences hold you together as friends?
When there were times of conflict between you, how did your similarities and differences help resolve the conflict?
Where does your best friend: go to school? go for fun? How do these compare and contrast to where you go?
How do your similarities and differences create interesting or funny situations between the two of you?
Why is this person worth getting to know? What makes this person different from any other friend you have?
3. If you haven't already, print off the checklist to help you make the prewriting decisions.
4. Create a Venn Diagram using the Venn Diagram Maker. Be sure to watch the videos below BEFORE you start your Venn. Can you make your Venn by hand? Certainly! Just be ready to take a snapshot of it to upload to your instructor.
5. The CQs above could become potential body paragraphs. Use these questions to flesh out your Venn Diagram.
6. A STRONG SUGGESTION is to use the "Why" CQ above as the foundation for your closing hook.
Your audience wants to know as much as possible about your friend to see if, maybe, your best friend might be someone to get to know."
7. Submit a shareable link or upload your PDF Venn Diagram below. Use "upload a file" to upload.
See it in Action:
The first video is very important if you are having trouble seeing the Venn Diagram online app.