The Sound of Music (movie) to, the Diary of Anne Frank. The Sound of Music (movie) to, the King and I. The Wizard of Oz to, huckleberry Finn. The Three Bears to The Three Little Pigs. Some instructors prefer that you only write about the differences between two things, while others want you to focus on explaining the similarities as well. Either way, you'll need to make sure that your thesis statement reflects your instructor's expectations. Do I know enough about my topic to write an effective compare/contrast essay? Unless you're being asked to do some research as part of your compare/contrast project, make sure that you choose 2 things that you feel comfortable discussing, at length. Paragraph 2, transitions beginning each paragraph are made by repeating ideas, phrases or words. Without transitions, the essay will sound choppy and disjointed. Discuss how both subjects compare on feature one. Good choices might be: Basketball Football (both sports horses Cats (both animals, but different in many ways writing Singing (both art forms, but different in many ways) Gather your ideas by writing down characteristics of each thing.
Transitions beginning each paragraph are made by repeating ideas, phrases or words. Without transitions, the essay will sound choppy and disjointed. Continue the pattern set in paragraph 2 discussing a new feature in each new paragraph.
Boy Writes in Class. Michael H/ Digital Vision/ Getty Images, by Melissa Kelly, the compare/contrast essay is an excellent method to help students progress in their critical thinking and writing skills. Your individual characteristic comparisons will provide topics for your body paragraphs. For example, you could write an entire paragraph about the low cost of a used textbook as it compares to the high investment needed for using an ebook.