Basic/Mini Essay - Compare & Contrast

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This page updated:  11/30/2019

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Compare & Contrast

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The Goal:  

 

How that we have had an intro to the format of a basic essay, let's apply that format to a typical essay type:  compare and contrast.

When you compare and contrast, you are looking for similarities and differences between two or more things.  As Shaun mentions in the video below, a compare/contrast essay is a format you will be asked to use often.

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Two Types:

The Block Method (All-At-Once):  While Shaun uses the term "block method", we use the term "All-At-Once" to describe the easier way to compare and contrast.  

It is important to understand the similarities and differences between Shaun's Block Method and our "All-At-Once" method.  While the two methods look similar, the big difference is that the "All-At-Once" method works well for an author or reader who has a "Just the Facts" or "Must Know" depth-of-knowledge level.

 

This means the "all-At-Once" method not only works great for a basic essay, but it works well as a study tool to learn something new for an audience OR an author.  

Shaun and I agree on the Point-By-Point method for compare/contrast.  It is a more interesting and challenging method for comparing and contrasting, and it gives both the reader and author the opportunity to deepen understanding.

Directions:

1.  After you have watched the videos, discuss with your parent the benefits and challenges of each way to construct a compare & contrast essay.

2.  The printables are a summary of what you learned here, and writing scaffolds for both the All-At-Once and Point-By-Point methods.  Please review these with your parent.

3.  Consider which way you would like to try as you prepare for our next writing.