Comparing and contrasting. We do that every day whether you realize it or not.
When you are looking for a good smartphone to purchase, a college to enter, or lunch to have. All the choices you make are connected to comparing and contrasting.
However, for some reasons, when we get such an assignment at school, we cannot overcome the feeling that we cannot compose a single line that would match the criteria or sound persuasive enough.
There might be two main issues behind this: you either do not understand the structure of this essay, or you do not have a good topic to work on.
That is why we have decided to solve both of these issues and help you compose great pieces at once.
Correct structure of a compare and contrast essay
Such writing consists of three main parts:
- An introduction.
Your text should begin with an introduction that will explain what ideas are being compared or contrasted. The main goal of this part of your text is to grab readers' attention and make them want to read the whole piece. In other words, there must be "a hook" in the opening that would stimulate the interest and engagement.
Remember that you need to make it sound appealing and original, as no one would want to finish the text that is dull or old news.
Finish this paragraph with a thesis statement. It is a sentence that represents the main idea of the writing in short.
- Main body.
This is where all the magic is happening. In several sections of text's main body you are to demonstrate different contrast or compare points. You need to have valid evidence to support your ideas as well as proper analysis which your readers can see and follow all the way down.
However, you do not have to choose too many similarities or differences. Instead, pick the most valuable ones and elaborate them.
Remember that each paragraph should end with a conclusion which is a short sentence showing the main idea of the section.
And also, you need either to compare, or to contrast ideas, people, or events. You cannot do both, as it is going to be too confusing for your readers.
- Even though you will have different conclusions in the end of each paragraph throughout the text, you also need to have a conclusion as a separate part in the end of your essay.
Summarize all the main similarities or differences you talked about in the text, and point the readers' attention to one main idea. It is this last conclusion that readers will remember even after they finish your article.
Please stick to this structure to make a better impression on those reading what you wrote. And choose a good topic that would be interesting to read about.
If you are having troubles coming up with a good theme, then pick one out of 100 we selected for you. Choose the appropriate category - and voila! You have a whole list of things to compare.