Comparing and Contrasting

Not all compare and contrast assignments have writers compare and contrast in the same way. Some only ask for comparisons, others only ask for contrasts, and many require more focus than a simple list of similarities and differences. Breaking down an assignment to see what it requires is the first section of a handout on comparing and contrasting, part of a larger series of writing handouts. The handout also provides information on finding similarities and differences, developing a thesis, and determining how to organize a paper.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide writers with a compare/contrast assignment and go through the steps on the handout to complete it
  • Print off different graphic organizers, such as Venn diagrams and T-charts, for scholars to identify similarities and differences
Classroom Considerations
  • Non-commercial license allows printing for use in the classroom
  • Provides hyperlinks to sites that provide additional information on the topic
  • Covers different types of comparison and contrast papers, such as historical periods/events, ideas/theories, and pieces of writing/art
  • Lacks clear examples of the different strategies and types of papers discussed