Writing a compare and contrast essay

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When you are required to contrast or compare something in an essay, there are several ways to go about it. If you need to show the differences between two subjects, you write a contrast essay. In turn, in case when you need to demonstrate the similarities, you need to write a comparison essay. In the course of life we use many comparison and contrast way of thinking when we get to choose what product we need to buy or what school children should go to. These types of papers have certain structure. Today we have two types of organizational patterns for these papers. In order to write properly formatted compare and contrast essay, we can use alternating arrangement or block arrangement. Let’s bring you examples of the two arrangements.

Block arrangement

The first one is a block arrangement. Let’s assume you received an assignment to write a paper differences between urban and rural way of life. This requires a contrast essay. The main idea of this type of arrangement is that material is presented in blocks, the first one gives information on the first subject and the next tells about the second subject. In these two paragraphs you must consider one point. For example, if you have written about the access to shopping malls in rural and urban areas, you should illustrate the topic in these two paragraphs. Then you have to pick two more topics and finish the paper with the conclusion. Here is the example of outline for block arrangement for a short essay:

Block arrangement

1.

Introduction. Here you have to attract your audience and give your main point of the article, which would be the differences between urban and rural ways of life.

2.

Urban life (A) the distance, (B) the cost, and (C) the time of commuting.

3.

Rural life (A) the distance, (B) the cost, and (C) the time of commuting.

4.

Conclusion. Impress your reader and conclude the main points.

Point-by-point arrangement

Another type is called Point-by-point arrangement. It involves taking one discussion point about the urban way of life and then considering it about the rural way of life immediately. Review the outline for this arrangement type below.

Point-by-point arrangement

1.

Introduction. Here you have to attract your audience and give your main point of the article. Pick three differences, which here would be the distance, the cost and the time of commuting.

2.

The distance is the first difference between access to shopping malls in urban and rural areas.

3.

The cost is the second difference between access to shopping malls in urban and rural areas.

4.

The time of commuting is the third difference between access to shopping malls in urban and rural areas.

5.

Conclusion. Impress your reader and conclude the main points.

Those are the two simple examples of how to write a compare and contrast essay. They should give a basic understanding of the types of arrangement and help to make your essay professional and interesting to read.


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