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You may choose any of these topics:
Topic Options
•
Stocks v. Bonds
•
Socialism v. Capitalism
•
Hitler v. Napoleon
•
Apple v. Microsoft
•
Renaissance Art v. Baroque Art (or any two artistic periods)
•
Biology v. Chemistry
•
America in the 1950s v. the 1970s
•
Women in 1914 v. today
•
Pop Culture in the 1980s v. Pop Culture today
•
Abraham Lincoln v. Thomas Jefferson (or any two presidencies)
•
British English v. American English
•
Writing for print v. Writing for the Web
•
American Government v. Canadian Government (or any world government)
•
US Constitution v. Articles of Confederation
•
Star Wars v. Star Trek
•
Monarchy v. Presidency
•
Thomas Hobbes v. John Locke (or any two philosophers)
•
The former USSR v. Russia today
•
(World War) Allies v. Axis
•
Maya Angelou v. Adrienne Rich (or any two poets)
•
Nazism v. Fascism
Choose one of the options above and write an essay comparing or contrasting the two topics
in your selection using EITHER the point-by-point OR the subject-by-subject method to
organize the details and specific examples. Consider focusing on three to five subtopics and
generate ideas through prewriting. Develop a strong thesis statement for your essay that
includes your two topics from the list above; your three to five subtopics; and a claim about
how they are similar, different, or both.
Sample Thesis Statements:
If you will argue that your two topics are mostly similar:
Topic A and Topic B share many similar characteristics, including (Supporting point 1),
(Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3); while they differ in (Additional supporting
point), the similarities greatly outweigh the differences.
OR
If you will argue that your two topics are mostly different:
While Topic A and Topic B have (Additional supporting point) in common, they are mostly
quite different; in fact, they differ in characteristics such as (Supporting point 1), (Supporting
point 2), and (Supporting point 3).
OR
If you will argue that your two topics have many important/interesting similarities and
differences:
Analyzing Topic A and Topic B reveals many fascinating similarities as well as differences;
for instance, they share (Supporting point 1) and (Supporting point 1), but are vastly different
when it comes to (Supporting point 3) and (Supporting point 4).
Tips
To brainstorm, you might consider using a Venn diagram or a simple list to show what your
topics have in common and how they differ. Then you can select the most prominent or
interesting characteristics that you want to highlight in your paper.
Be sure to avoid beginning your comparisons or contrasts in the introduction. Your thesis is
the only place in the introduction where you will include this information. Use the
introduction to get your reader’s attention, and consider using a good strategy that leads into
the topic. For instance, you might relate a short anecdote to illustrate your topic, an
interesting quotation that relates to your topic, or perhaps a surprising statistic that reveals
something about your topic.
Then, in the body paragraphs remember to support your claim(s) outlined in the thesis. For
instance, if one of your points says the city and the country are different in terms of
transportation, be sure the topic sentence of one body paragraph presents a similar statement.
In addition, spend equal time on each subtopic in each body paragraph, and one way to
develop organized body paragraphs is to focus on one topic before moving to the next one so
that the paragraph support is split 50/50. In other words, using the example above, you would
explain the transportation options in the city in full, and then, you would detail the types of
contrasting transportation in the country. End each body paragraph with a strong concluding
sentence that synthesizes that paragraph’s discussions.
The conclusion should sum up the specific supporting points as well as your overall
assessment of why these points are important. Consider what kinds of interesting or new
conclusions you can draw from your comparison. In other words, your essay must reveal why
your comparison is important. A well-developed paragraph often contains a minimum of five
sentences. Note that any of the main sections below labeled with Roman Numerals (I, II, III,
IV) could be more than just a single paragraph.
Point-by-Point
I. Introduction
A. Thesis
B. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attention
II. Supporting point 1
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2
III. Supporting point 2
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2
IV. Supporting point 3
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2
V. Supporting point 4 or Additional point
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2
VI. Conclusion
A. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)
B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is
one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?
Subject-by-Subject
I. Introduction
A. Thesis
B. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attention
II. Topic 1
A. Supporting point 1
B. Supporting point 2
C. Supporting point 3
D. Supporting point 4 or Additional point
III. Topic 2
A. Supporting point 1
B. Supporting point 2
C. Supporting point 3
D. Supporting point 4 or Additional point
V. Conclusion
A. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)
B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is
one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?
Here’s an example of how you might organize using these methods for an essay about
cats versus dogs as pets (remember, this topic is not one of the options for this essay).
Point-by-Point
I. Introduction
A. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these
animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.
II. Subtopic 1: Noise level
A. Topic 1: Cats are quiet
B. Topic 2: Dogs can be noisy
III. Subtopic 2: Exercise
A. Topic 1: Cats do not have to be walked
B. Topic 2: Dogs require exercise
IV. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness
A. Topic 1: Cats groom themselves
B. Topic 2: Dogs need to be bathed
V. Conclusion
Subject-by-Subject
I. Introduction
A. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these
animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.
II. Topic 1: Cats
A. Subtopic 1: Noise level
B. Subtopic 2: Exercise
C. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness
III. Topic 2: Dogs
A. Subtopic 1: Noise level
B. Subtopic 2: Exercise
C. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness
IV. Conclusion
The guidelines for this assignment are as follows:
Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of
grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.
Length: This assignment should be at least 500 words.
Sources: You need a bare minimum of one credible source for this assignment.
MLA style documentation (please see the tutorial in the course topic)
Thesis & Focus
Thesis, central
idea, audience,
purpose,
digressions
Points
2
F
Lacks an identifiable
thesis. Limited or no
awareness of audience
and purpose.
Readers cannot discern
the essay’s central idea.
Support &
Development
Thesis support,
thesis
development, use
of examples, logic,
and reason
No support of thesis with
relevant facts, examples,
reasons, or evidence. No
topic development.
Coherence &
Organization
Introduction,
conclusion, body
paragraphs,
transitions, topic
sentences
No clear introduction,
body, or conclusion.
Little-to-no transitions.
Demonstrates little-to-no
understanding of
organization. Many
sentences within
paragraphs do not relate
to each other and/or the
paragraph’s topic. May
contain no discernable
topic sentences.
ENG 101 Rubric: Compare Contrast
Points
Points
3
3.5
D-/D/D+
C-/C/C+
Thesis was attempted but Thesis is identifiable, but
unclear and/or
perhaps too narrow, too
inconsistently addressed. broad, or otherwise
Reveals limited awareness problematic. Awareness
of audience and purpose. of audience may be
Central idea either lacking adequate but
or inconsistently
inconsistent. Central idea
addressed.
is perhaps too general
and supported by
irrelevant examples.
Support is minimal,
More support is needed.
logically flawed, and/or
Some examples may be
inaccurate. Topic
vague. More
development may have
development needed for
been attempted, but does supporting reasons or
not form conclusions
evidence. Some irrelevant
and/or fails to exhibit
support may be present,
clear reasoning.
but most evidence
supports thesis.
Introduction, body, and
Identifiable introduction,
conclusion attempted but body, and conclusion; yet
problematic. Few
one significant weakness
transitions. Perhaps
is present: undeveloped
numerous digressions.
introduction,
Mostly missing or
undeveloped conclusion,
problematic topic
illogical paragraph order.
sentences. Demonstrates Adequate transitions,
little understanding of
perhaps some digressions.
organization.
Some paragraphs may
lack clear topic sentences.
Demonstrates basic
understanding of
organization.
Points
4
B-/B/B+
Thesis is established and is
consistently addressed
throughout most of the
paper. Awareness of
audience is sufficient.
Central idea is clear and
maintained in most of the
essay.
Points
5
A-/A/A+
Thesis is clearly
established and
maintained throughout
the entire paper. Paper
demonstrates a
sophisticated awareness
of audience and purpose.
Central idea/focus
maintained throughout.
Support is sufficient but
perhaps flawed in some
way. Examples are
sufficient. Thesis is
supported and developed
in most paragraphs.
Essay completely supports
the thesis with logical
arrangement of evidence.
All assertions are
supported and relate to
thesis.
Clear introduction, body,
and conclusion although
improvements could be
made. Most paragraphs
have clear topic sentences.
Essay establishes a clear
plan of development.
Transitions are clear
throughout most of the
paper. Demonstrates good
understanding of
organization.
Clear and effective
introduction, body, and
conclusion: Introduction
establishes the essay’s
main idea, and conclusion
summarizes thesis and
main ideas without merely
copying and pasting from
the introduction. Clear
and effective transitions
are present throughout
the paper. Demonstrates
excellent understanding of
organization.
Language & Style
Word choice,
repetition,
redundancy,
awkwardness,
article misuse,
wrong word form
(their/there, etc.),
typos/misspellings,
vocabulary
May contain more than 6
errors in word choice,
wordiness, redundancy,
or awkwardness.
May contain more than 6
errors in inappropriate
language for academic
audience.
Fails to demonstrate
competent language use;
sentences and vocabulary
are inappropriate, facile,
and/or incoherent.
May contain 6 errors in
word choice, wordiness,
redundancy, or
awkwardness.
May contain 6 errors in
inappropriate language
for academic audience.
Contains repetitive,
incorrect, and/or
insufficient sentence
structure and/or limited
vocabulary.
May contain 4 – 5 errors
in word choice,
wordiness, redundancy,
or awkwardness.
May contain 2 – 3 errors
in inappropriate language
for academic audience.
Demonstrates
competency with
language use but
sentence constructions
and vocabulary may be
limited or repetitive.
May contain 2 – 3 errors in
word choice, wordiness,
redundancy, or
awkwardness.
May contain 2 – 3 errors in
inappropriate language for
academic audience.
Demonstrates sufficient
knowledge and skill with
varied sentence
construction and
vocabulary. Unnecessary
repetition is minor.
May contain 1 error in
word choice, wordiness,
redundancy, or
awkwardness.
May contain 1 error in
inappropriate language for
academic audience.
Demonstrates
sophisticated knowledge
and skill with varied and
complex sentence
construction and
vocabulary. Little-to-no
unnecessary repetition.
Contains either no
grammar errors, or 1 – 2
different errors with no
repetition.
Grammar
Fragments,
subject-verb
agreement, verb
tense errors, verb
form errors, runons, pronoun
agreement
Punctuation &
Capitalization
Comma errors,
comma splices,
apostrophe errors,
capitalization
errors, semicolon
errors, colon
errors
Format
heading,
title,
margins, spacing,
length*,
underlined thesis,
other assignment-
Contains more than 5
different grammar errors.
The identical 3 – 4 errors
may be repeated
throughout.
Contains 4 – 5 different
grammar errors. The
identical 2 – 3 errors may
be repeated throughout.
Contains 2 – 3 different
grammar errors. The
identical 1 – 2 errors may
be repeated throughout.
Contains 1 grammar error,
which may be repeated
throughout the essay.
Contains more than 5
different
punctuation/capitalization
errors.
The identical 3 – 4 errors
may be repeated
throughout.
Contains 4 – 5 different
punctuation/capitalization
errors. The identical 2 – 3
errors may be repeated
throughout.
Contains 2 – 3 different
punctuation/capitalization
errors. The identical 1 – 2
errors may be repeated
throughout.
Contains 1
punctuation/capitalization
error, which may be
repeated throughout the
essay.
Contains either no
punctuation/capitalization
error, or 1 – 2 different
errors with no repetition.
Doesn’t meet formatting
requirements.
Doesn’t meet most
formatting requirements.
Meets some formatting
requirements.
Meets most formatting
requirements.
Meets all requirements.
Formatting may be
missing four or more
elements (either no title,
incomplete heading,
Formatting may be
missing three elements
(either no title,
incomplete heading,
Formatting may be
missing two elements
(either no title,
incomplete heading,
Formatting may be missing
one element (either no
title, incomplete heading,
inappropriate spacing or
Formatting is appropriate
in terms of heading, title,
margins, spacing,
underlining thesis.
specific required
elements
*Length for
compare/contrast:
500 words
minimum
inappropriate spacing or
margins, or thesis not
underlined).
inappropriate spacing or
margins, or thesis not
underlined).
inappropriate spacing or
margins, or thesis not
underlined).
Length may not meet
minimum requirements.
Length may not meet
minimum requirements
Length may not meet
minimum requirements
(an essay that does not
meet length minimum will
score no higher than 3 in
this category)
margins, or thesis not
underlined).
Length meets minimum
requirements of at least
500 words.
Length meets minimum
requirements of at least
500 words.

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