So, what is a comparison and contrast essay? Laurie Kirszner, and Stephen Mandell, our textbook authors, describe this type of essay as a piece of writing that compares how “two or more things are similar,” and contrasts “how they are different” (369). Purdue Owl offers the following advice concerning comparison and contrast essays, when “… discussing all similarities or all differences, you can use signal phrases like “another similarity” or “another difference.” When “discussing both similarities and differences, you can use a signal phrase like “on the other hand” to shift from comparison to contrast (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/2/55/).
For this essay assignment, your job is to read or re-read chapter 11, Comparison and Contrast. Then write about your chosen topic from the third person point of view about one (1) of the following topics:
Guidelines: The essay should be three to five paragraphs in length, contain a developed thesis, proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. You must provide an outline in class prior to the due date for review. You must use MLA format. Provide at least two (20 academic sources. Submit your essay via D2L to the ASSIGNMENTS folder by the stated due date.
Keep in mind that this is a research topic. You must provide evidence to support your claim (thesis). Evidence should include, quotes, paraphrases, statistics, definitions, etc. All support must originate from academic sources, not Wikipedia.
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