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09/04/2019

how to write a compare and contrast essay ?

QUESTION
how to write a compare and contrast essay ?
my topic is “Write an essay comparing or contrasting the experience of watching a sports event live versus entirely on television”

im confused whether I should defend both of these things or not…meaning if i say that when ur in stadium watching the game, you dont get the comfort of your house…and then in next paragraph write that you dont get the same excitement at your home as you do in stadium…please help.

ANSWER
I would say that because the question is worded “comparing OR contrasting” then you need to pick one side and stay with it. Write a paper only on simlarities or only on differences. This is actually easier than trying to write a paper that includes both. Here is the basic outline i give to my 8th graders when writing an essay:

Par 1:
*Effective Start (set a scene, famous quote, ask a question, or state a fact)
*Additional Info
*Thesis statement (your purpose for writing your paper)

Par 2:
*Topic sentence supporting thesis 1
*Supporting detail 1
*Supporting detail 2
*Supporting detail 3
*Concl. Statement

Par 3:
*Topic sentence supporting thesis 2
*Supporting detail 1
*Supporting detail 2
*Supporting detail 3
*Concl. Statement

Par 4:
*Topic sentence supporting thesis 3
*Supporting detail 1
*Supporting detail 2
*Supporting detail 3
*Concl. Statement

Par 5:
*Restate your thesis (in different words)
*Give additional info
*Closing (leave your reader with something to think about)

Good luck!