Compare & contrast


Recognize the components of the Writing Process and basic essay structure through lecture and quizzes.
Using a writing process compose an analysis using the rhetorical technique of comparison/contrast.
Use two poems to demonstrate knowledge of the brainstorming and planning parts of the writing process.
Review the Grammarly screencast.
Create a 2-page compare and contrast essay based on the Week 2 outline that includes a draft checked by Grammarly.

The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.

You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.


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Publication information: Book title: Mid-Century American Poets. Contributors: John Ciardi – Editor. Publisher: Twayne. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1950. Page number: 83
Compare and Contrast Essay Outline Template
A. Introduction: 3-5 sentences only!
a. Attention-getting line:
b. Drill down to your thesis: Remember to name both poems & their authors.
c. Thesis statement: Explain what is the overall theme that both poems have in common.
B. Body Paragraphs
a. Body paragraph #1—First aspect that’s similar or different
i. Poem #1
1. Detail #1
2. Detail #2
ii. Poem #2
1. Detail #1
2. Detail #2
b. Body paragraph #2—Second aspect that’s similar or different
i. Poem #1
1. Detail #1
2. Detail #2
ii. Poem #2
1. Detail #1
2. Detail #2
c. Body paragraph #3— Develop a paragraph to evaluate the comparison made in the essay:
C. Conclusion: 3-5 sentences only!
a. Summary of main points—Restate thesis while synthesizing information from body paragraphs
b. Evaluate the similarities/differences and discuss any future implications (if applicable)
c. Significance—what’s the point you’re making?


Additional Information:
Transitions That Show Comparison (Similarities)
In addition Correspondingly  Compared to
Similarly Just as  As well as
Likewise Same as  At the same time
Transitions That Show Contrast (Differences)
However On the contrary On the other hand
Even though In contrast Although
Unlike Conversely Meanwhile