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Compare & Contrast
Compare & Contrast: Point-by-Point
Now that we are familiar with the basics of Compare & Contrast, we will move on to another way to compare and contrast: the Point-by-Point method.
Compare & Contrast writing allows you to see a relationship between two or more things. One way is called the "All-at-Once" method. First you write everything you know about Item A, then compare/contrast that with everything you know about Item B.
Another way to compare and contrast is "Point-by-Point". This method accomplishes the same goal as the "all-at-Once" method, but it compares and contrasts each item according to categories that apply to both items.
This makes the "Point-by-Point" method more interesting because it challenges both the reader and author to deepen their understanding.
1. Watch the video.
2. As you think how the two methods compare and contrast, ask yourself these CQs (categories)
What do you need to know to use the All-at-Once method? The Point-by-Point method?
Where will you put the supporting details in a paragraph that is All-at-Once? What about a paragraph that is Point-by-Point?
Which method seems more challenging to you? Why?
3. Be ready to share in class the similarities and differences between the All-at-Once method and the Point-by-Point method.