How to Write an A+ Comparison Essay

Posted on March 14, 2017 By

What is a comparison essay?

A comparison essay (or a Compare and Contrast essay) is used to critically analyze any two subjects, finding and pointing out their similarities and/or dissimilarities.

Depending on your assignment, such essays can be comparative only (looking only at similarities), contrasting only (pointing out the differences) or both comparative and contrasting.

Below you will find specific instructions on how to write a comparison essay on any topic, which is well written and will have a good chance to get a high grade.

A comparison essay can have two patterns: point-by-point (or “alternating”) pattern and subject-by-subject (or “block”) pattern.

Alternating pattern

Alternating pattern is also known as “point-by-point comparison”.

This mode of comparison will result in your essay having 5 paragraphs.

In it, you will need to consecutively compare and contrast each of the similarities and differences in the given subjects:

In the introduction you state your thesis.

Then you discuss both of your subjects together for each point of comparison and contrast.

In the conclusion you restate the thesis and shortly summarize your essay.

Block pattern

Block pattern is also known as “subject-by-subject comparison”.

According to this pattern, you will be required to separate the body of your compare and contrast essay in two parts.

The first part of the body will be dedicated to the first subject, while the other half will be centered around the second subject:

In the introduction you state your thesis.

First you discuss the first subject.

Then you discuss the second subject.

In the conclusion you restate the thesis and shortly summarize your essay.

Writing an A+ comparison essay

Introduction

The introduction is very important. It gives the reader his/her first impression of the comparison essay’s text.

Start from a short background

High school students often find it difficult to view their teachers as anything but “the enemy.” However, after the first few months of a school year, students learn to appreciate their teachers as individuals with different approaches. Some teachers are “cool,” while others are “tough.”

State the thesis

Although Sally Strict & Larry Lax are both respected teachers at our school, their teaching styles and expectations for students differ significantly. While Ms. Strict maintains a highly structured classroom atmosphere to keep her pupils disciplined and motivated, Mr. Lax downplays structure in order to allow his students to push themselves.

Point paragraph

State the point

Finally, Ms. Strict enforces high standards for her students’ written work.

Provide supporting details

She collects homework every day at the beginning of class; to turn it in five minutes late is to turn it in a whole day late. Every piece of writing, whether it is a journal entry or a formal essay, must be typed and stapled. Last but not least, all homework must display a sophisticated level of thinking and writing.

Use appropriate transitions

Transitions are important in comparison / contrast writing to avoid confusion. Without transitions, the points you are comparing / contrasting may blur into one another. Also, a variety of transitions prevent monotony.

For comparison:

Like, compared to, similar to, similarly, by analogy, likewise, in the same way, as well, both, too

For contrast:

Unlike, conversely, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, still, although, while, but, even though, although, despite, yet, regardless, on the one hand… one the other hand

Conclusion

The conclusion of a comparison essay is just as important as the introduction. The conclusion seals the comparison essay and tries to close the issue. Conclusion is the last part of the essay that your reader will experience.

Summarize the similarities and / or difference of the subjects

Thus, Ms. Strict and Mr. Lax both accomplish their goals of motivating their students to do excellent work, though they do so in very different ways: while Ms. Strict emphasizes the high standards she expects everyone can meet, Mr. Lax uses a more personal approach.

Emphasize the thesis and say why this topic is important

Their success demonstrates the importance of diversity in a school community: different students respond to different teaching styles. So rather than viewing their instructors as a monolithic “enemy” intent on making them suffer, students should recognize how they benefit from the variety of ways their teachers inspire them.

Final Word

If you followed the above instructions, you now have an argumentative essay, on any topic, which is well written and has a good chance to get a high grade.

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