ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
English 10: Writing Workshop
Comparing and Contrasting: Plan A or B?
we will do a close reading of the article, while noting the
content of each section of Megan Williams’ essay, “Mangia!
Mangia!” At the same time, we will share our thoughts on food
comparison-contrast development to compare (show likeness) or
contrast (show difference).
Make sure to
have a clear reason for your comparison (note that
comparison automatically includes contrast in its definition)
There are two
styles used to organize a comparison or contrast paragraph:
Block or Point-by-Point.
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
(Writing due on Wednesday October 28 in class)
Write a comparison contrast
paragraph that compares your own (or your cultures) attitude
(thinking) towards food. Use the point-by-point style. Examples
of sentence structures to use are on the reverse of this sheet.
Is your attitude the same as some
Canadians these days? Are you worried about carbs and low fat
Or, do you enjoy food and never
talk like this; in other words, your thinking is more like the
Italians in Williams’ essay. Make a comparison in at least three
ways (e.g. according to cooking styles, dieting, etc.)
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. . .
Index of Fall 2004 Lessons
See the Spring 2004 Lessons
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