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Compare & Contrast

"All-at-Once" or "Point-by-Point"


The Goal:  


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.  There are two ways to write a compare & contrast essay.  One way is called the "All-at-Once" method.  In the video, Shaun calls this method the "Block Method."  This is the easier of the two ways because you can use the knowledge you have, with little or no need to do quick research.  First you write everything you know about Item A, then compare/contrast that with everything you know about Item B. 


The "Point-by-Point" method achieves 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, just as Shaun says.   It is challenges both the reader and author to deepen their understanding.

Watch the video below.  Review what you know about the "All-at-Once" (or block method), and compare it to Shaun's description of the "Point-by Point" method.  When you are done, continue with this lesson.

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1.  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 an essay that is All-at-Once?  What about an essay that is Point-by-Point?    

Which method seems more challenging to you?  Why?​

2. Be ready to discuss the similarities and differences of the two methods in class.