Comparing and Contrasting
Use comparison-contrast development to compare (show likeness) or contrast (show difference).
A. Make sure to have a clear reason for your comparison (note that comparison automatically includes contrast in its definition)
B. There are two styles used to organize a comparison or contrast paragraph: Block or Point-by-Point.
In Block Style a writer gives all examples for one side of the comparison and then switches to the other side. Thus, A A A , B B B .
In Point-by-Point Style the writer alternates sentence by sentence from A B A B A B A B
Write a comparison contrast paragraph of about 125 to 150 words. Use the point-by-point style. Examples of sentence structures to use are on the reverse of this sheet. Write a topic that emphasizes similarity OR difference. Use a topic sentence that indicates your choice.
Compare two different classes you have taken in the same subject.
Compare two different kinds of grocery store shoppers.
Compare courtship in your country with another country (Canada or . . . ).
Useful Sentence Structures for Comparison Contrast Writing
Both A and B
Just as A. . ., so too B. . .
Like A, B
A is as . . ...as B. . .
B also has. . .
A. . .; similarly, B. . .
Neither A nor B has. . .
A. . .; likewise, B. . .
Unlike A, B. . .
A is not as . . . as B. . .
In contrast, B. . .
A has. . .; however, B has
Although A. . ., B. . .
A is . . ., but B is . . .
A is . . . whereas B is . . .
A is . . .; on the other hand, B is. . .
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