UNIT THREE: COMPARISON/CONTRAST
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9/28 – 10/31
One of the most formidable challenges in academia is processing huge volumes of information to “make sense” of it. Critical to such processing is the skill of comparing and contrasting. Therefore, the Comparison/Contrast essay is one of the most commonly required college essays, particularly on final examinations. However, skill in composing comparison/contrast essays is a required skill-set in occupations as varied as advertising, investigative reporting, computer software engineering, nursing, and teaching. Of course, being able to successfully compare and contrast, is an asset for sorting through “real and fake news” that has been circulating in today’s political climate.
This unit provides the opportunity to gain practice in building and applying this critical skill. Each of the assigned articles compares and contrasts two phenomena. They make these comparisons based on key points of similarity and difference.
In the first part of the unit, use the “Comparison/Contrast Worksheet” to analyze each assigned articles. Refer to the completed comparison/contrast worksheet while participating in class discussions.
In the second part of the unit, use the “Comparison/Contrast essay Planning Worksheet” to plan the Comparison/Contrast Essay. Refer to it as you brainstorm with classmates in preparation for the outlining phase of composing the Comparison/Contrast essay. The link below provides more information about Comparison/Contrast essays.
The due dates for the following articles and videos are listed in the Unit Schedule, at the end of this unit.
- Catton, Bruce, “Grant and Lee, A Study in Contrasts”
- Dominus, Susan, “Motherhood Screened Off”
- Queenan, Joe, “New York Observed: Eight Reasons New York is Better”
- Staples, Brent, “Donald Trump and Reconstruction Era Politics”
- Boahen, Kwabena, “A Computer that Works like the Brain”
- Brown, Tobacco, “What Gardening Taught Me About Life”
- Hazika, Robert, “Refugees Want Empowerment, Not Handouts”
- Vernacchio, Al, “Sex Needs A New Metaphor. Here’s One”
Articles and Videos
Each assigned article (or video) makes a comparison and/or contrast. Use the worksheet below to “Parse” these comparisons and contrasts. In column #1, list at least three points of comparison. Then, at the head of columns #2 and #3, write the names of the two phenomena being compared. Use the completed worksheet when contributing to whole class or small group discussions. To access the worksheet, click on the link below.
Planning Worksheet for Comparison/Contrast Essay
INSTRUCTIONS: This Comparison/Contrast Worksheet can be useful during the brainstorming phase of writing the assigned comparison/contrast essay itself. Enter the names of the phenomena being compared in columns two and three. Then list the points of comparison in column #1. Refer to this worksheet when brainstorming and collaborating with classmates, with writing consultants, with the instructor and while preparing the outlining phase of developing the essay. To access the worksheet, click on the link below.
Comparison/Contrast Essay Assignment Description
INSTRUCTIONS: Compare and contrast two phenomenon. The phenomena should relate to your assigned theme for the term. Select at least three points of comparison or contrast. Write a three to five page essay that compares and contrasts these phenomena, based on these points of comparison.
Be sure include:
- at least three points of comparison and/or contrast;
- in-text MLA citations;
- a Works Cited page;
- at least three references to outside sources, including two references to professional journal articles.
- Thesis Statement
- Itinerary (Brief list of three points of comparison or contrast)
- Discussion of Point of Comparison (or Contrast) #1.
- Discussion of Point of Comparison (or Contrast) #2.
- Discussion of Point of Comparison (or Contrast) #3.
- A Summary of the Main Points Covered in the Essay.
Unit Three Schedule
Small Group Collaborations
|Catton, Bruce, “Grant and Lee, A Study in Contrasts”
|10/10||Small Group Collaborations||Comparison/Contrast Essay Planning Worksheet|
|10/15||Library Visit||Completed Comparison/Contrast Worksheet|
|10/17||Small Group Collaborations||Hazika, Robert, “Refugees Want Empowerment, Not Handouts”|
|10/22||Summary of Unit||Essay Two Due 10/27|