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What It Takes To Write A Good Compare And Contrast Essay

Essays are a way of life if you are a scholastic student. There are many different kinds of essays that you will be asked to write. A compare and contrast essay is one of the basic ones you will be writing. More than likely every class will have you write one of these because it is a good way to test your knowledge of the subjects. One suggestion before we start is to tell you not to way too long before completing your essay. If you are rushed you will not do a good job. This essay takes a little bit of prep work before you write it. Once you have done the prep work though, this is an easy one and can even be fun. Here are some guidelines about how to write a good compare and contrast essay.

  1. Choose a good subject. This is the hardest and most important part of your essay. There are a couple of different compare and contrast essays you can choose from.
    • Choose two subjects in the same category with differences. These subjects have to be the same type of thing but have a difference. An example might be a cat and a tiger. They are both in the cat family but they are definitely different.
    • Choose two subjects that don’t appear to be similar but they actually have a surprising similarity or one that you may not have thought of. An example might be bats and whales. They don’t seem the same but they both use sonar to maneuver in their surroundings.
    • Choose something that looks the same but have definite differences. An example of this is movie and the corresponding book.
  2. Brainstorm for what similarities or differences you want to use. Write down all of the similarities and all of the differences. Once you have the entire list, choose 3 points that you think are the most interesting or you think will be the most interesting to your reader.
  3. Create an outline now that starts with your introduction, the three similarities, one difference and then your conclusion.

Compare and contrast essays can be written many different ways. That is why your introduction is extremely important. It is the introduction that explains what you are trying to do with your essay. It is important that you stay within what you stated in your introduction and you will create a great compare and contrast essay.