Basic/Mini Essay - Compare & Contrast


level IIi

This page updated:  11/30/2019


Prewrite:  Brainstorm

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The Goal:  You will use current understanding of the compare/contrast methods (All-At-Once and Point-By-Point) to answer the following EQ in an essay.

Topic:  Teenage Social Pressures 

Purpose, pick one:

Inform/Describe EQ:  Compare and contrast an event in your life with an event in an older sibling or parent's life where there was social pressure that had to be overcome. 

How To/Events EQ: How does the Internet affect social pressure on teens today as compared to teens from 30 years ago?

Persuade EQ: Social pressures on teens in the 21st Century are more/less difficult than for teens in the 20th Century due to ___, ___ and ___. (Blanks are categories you will choose to compare/contrast.)

Teach EQ:  What is social pressure and how does overcoming it compare/contrast between you and your parent's generation?

Uncover a New Way EQ: NA


1. Discuss each EQ above with your parent.  Determine your DOK by completing the checklist.   Take your time choosing.  Discuss your thoughts with your parent(s).

2.  When you find a DOK you are comfortable with, choose an EQ that fits your choice of writing purpose AND DOK.

3.  Use the following CQs to help you prepare to brainstorm on a Venn Diagram.  These are suggestions; you may have better CQs!


What are some events in your life and your parent's life as a teen that could be the basis for your comparison/conttast?  

How did you handle the situation?  How did your parent?

Who was there to help you?  Who was there to help your parent (as a teen)?

What happened? 

What was similar, different? 

Why are there similarities when your parent's generation and your generation seem so different?

4.  Use your chosen EQ as the main element of your graphic organizer, with the CQs being elements that help you flesh out details.

5.  Once you have discussed a direction, complete a Venn Diagram as your graphic organizer.  You can use the RWT Venn Diagram Maker or create your own.  If you want to use the RWT Venn Diagram Maker, watch the videos below.

6.  When you are done, submit a sharable link to your graphic organizer below. Or, upload the PDF (or image) file of your Venn Diagram. 

7.  Your AAI for this essay is the following:

What do you know about the audience's age, gender, education, work, and so forth?

Your audience is slightly younger than you.

What does the audience already know about the issue or idea?

They may or may not have had to deal with strong social pressure yet. They may have only a small understanding of how hard it can be.

What is the audience's current point of view on the issue or idea?

I want to belong, but I also want to stay true to myself.

What background does the audience need on the issue or idea?

Trying to fit in with a group.

What will the audience want to know about the issue or idea? Why?

How was it for my folks? How is it for people my age? What makes social pressure so hard?

What information will interest the audience?

Personal examples and experiences from my life and from my parent's life.

What personal information about the audience might influence their position or feelings on the issue or idea?

Seeing the comparisons and contrasts of how I handled a situation and how my parents handled the same (or similar) situation.

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