Compare and Contrast Elizabeth Le, Allyson Pham, Rachael Wilson, Michela Pujol, Kelsey Silver
Definition Comparison: shows the similarities between two or more subjects *non opinionated Contrast: shows the differences between two or more subjects *opinionated
Comparison • Two Reasons to use Comparisons • to explain: clarifying the similarities and difference between subjects (does not reveal author's position on subjects) • to evaluate: establishing the advantages and disadvantages of the subject (reveals author's negative or positive connotation on subjects) • Arranging a Comparison • Subject by Subject • Point by Point
Comparison Example Subject by Subject Organization Paragraph 1: Explaining one subject Paragraph 2: Explaining another subject Point by Point organization Paragraph 1: Explaining one point about both subjects Paragraph 2: Explaining another point about both subjects
How to write Compare/Contrast Essay • Getting Started • Subjects from the same class, identifying the shared features. *must be worth comparing* • Forming a Thesis • Reveal the choice of class (explaining or evaluating), points of comparison, and differences/similarities • Organizing • Subject by subject....shorter essays • Point by point....longer essays (recommended) • Drafting • Balance out comparisons • Revising and Editing • Ask: From same class? Purposeful? Balanced? Variety?
5 Main Points To Remember • Comparisons show the similarities and Contrast shows the differencesbetween two subjects • Determine if you favor one subject over the other. If so, put more complex/or favorite LAST • Choose explanatory if showing only similarities/differences...choose evaluative if comparing that one is better than the other • Even if trying to portray that one subject is better than the other, write about both equally and balanced • Make sure purpose of explaining or evaluating as well as the point you are making are evident throughout essay; Recommend and action for them to follow
Homework Write a Practice Precis on "Fatso" (pg 236-238) Due tuesday!
Our Practice Precis on "Fatso" In “Fatso,” (2005), Cheryl Peck recollects her memoirs of not lying under the scrutiny of a judgmental eye and has “no idea what it is like to be discriminated against” despite her overwhelming waistline, leading her to believe that she is just like any other skinny individual (3). Throughout her life, Peck describes an average lifestyle of an overweight woman who has “never been laughed at, ridiculed, threatened, snubbed, not waited on, or received well-meaning service,” further indicating how size does not define one’s image or perception by others (3). Peck realizes “you really can be too small or too thin” as she compares her image and confidence to others who closely monitor their weight in order to show that extremities are also unhealthy (10). As the author addresses individuals of all body types, she asserts the importance of accepting normality and attributes all are born with.