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PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE 
English 10 
Working with Comparison Contrast

February 27, 2002

Use comparison-contrast development to compare (show likeness) or contrast (show difference). Last week's assignment, writing a comparison between William Stafford's views on freedom and our group's views, will be revised according to today's worksheet.

Comparison Contrast Structures:

There are two ways to organize a comparison or contrast paragraph: Block or Point-by-Point. In this case, it appears easier to use the point-by-point arrangement for a paragraph.

 

BLOCK ARRANGEMENT I. Topic sentence in which you state your purpose which is to discuss differences (or similarities between Stafford's views on freedom and your group (and your own)

II. Stafford's View
A. Definition (river)
B. Types of People with Freedom (leader/follower)
C. How to be Free (get up early)

III. Our View
A. Definition
B. Who is Free?
C. What does it mean, freedom? 

IV. Conclusion sentence, restating your topic idea.

 POINT-BY-POINT ARRANGEMENT 

I. Topic sentence in which you state your purpose which is to discuss differences (or similarities between Stafford's views on freedom and your group (and your own)

II. Differences (or similarities) between Stafford and our group

A. Definition 
1. Stafford (river) 
2. Group definition

B. People who are free 
1. Stafford's view 
2. Our thoughts

C. How to be free 
1. Stafford's view
2. Group view 

III. Conclusion sentence, restating your topic idea.

Useful Sentence Structures for Comparison Contrast Writing

Comparison

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...

Contrast

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... 

Writing Assignment (Due, in class, on March 6, 2002):

Revise your paragraph on William Stafford's poem, "Freedom." Use the point-by-point arrangement for your ideas. Use the sentence structures listed above to make your comparison and contrast easy to follow.

See a Teacher Writing sample on this topic.

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