Length: no less than 1,000 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font size.
This essay is to consist of your own thoughts, words, and ideas. No secondary sources are to be used in this essay.
For this assignment, you will work through the prewriting and drafting stages of the writing process in a compare/contrast essay.
Choose one of the following topics for an essay developed by comparison and contrast using three points of analysis. The topic you decide on should be something you care about so that the examples are a means of communicating an idea; not an end in themselves.
Two jobs you have heldYour relationship with two friends or family membersA place as it is now and as it was years agoThe “old you” and the “new you”
- Develop your essay by comparison and contrast using the three-points-of-analysis scheme.
- Decide on something you care about so that the narration is a means of communicating an idea.
- Include characters, conflict, and sensory details as appropriate to help your essay come alive.
- Create a logical sequence for your points of comparison.
- Develop an enticing title.
- Use the introduction to establish the situation the essay will address.
- Avoid addressing the assignment directly. (Don’t write “I am going to write about…”—this takes the fun out of reading the work!)
- Let the essay reflect your own voice. (Is your voice serious? Humorous? Matter-of-fact?)
- Avoid “telling” your reader about what happened. Instead, “show” what happens using active verbs and/or concrete and descriptive nouns and details.
- Make sure you take time to reflect on why your points are significant.
- Be sure to use transitions to guide your reader through the essay—from start to finish.
- Be sure to include a concluding paragraph in which you “close” the essay and leave your reader with a lasting impression.
- Always check for typos or errors in grammar, punctuation, diction, and/or spelling.