I am looking for help with a comapre and contrast essay. the assignment also requires an outline to be turned in with it. Does anyone have any ideas? The topic is pretty well open to anything.
To approach this assignment, pick out a topic that will allow comparing and contrasting.That probably means it will be an issue that has two sides - that will allow the comparing and contrasting. Your topic should also be one that you have some knowledge about, or at least that you have some feelings about - that interest will come through in your writing, and make for a more interesting-to-read essay. Your audience will be your professor and your classmates - perhaps you could pick a topic that might be of interest to them.
I would pick "choosing the right boyfriend" as my topic, if this were my assignment (girlfriend, if you are a guy).
Having chosen the topic, now brainstorm ideas to discuss, relating to the topic. Write down everything you can think of in a limited time (3-4 minutes). This is what I get:
Looks matter, but they are not the most important thing
a good sense of humor is essential, but not a clown
someone who has some ambition, but not too much
someone who likes fun, but who can be serious
someone who thinks about things - reflective
someone kind, and self-reliant
someone who considers the larger issues of life
someone easygoing, but still a planner for the future
someone who fights fair
Now, rank your ideas in order of importance, and place related ideas together. When I do that I get the following:
1. Looks matter, but they are not the most important thing
2. Someone who has some ambition, but not too much
2A. Someone easygoing, but still a planner for the future
3. A good sense of humor is essential, but not a clown
3A. Someone who likes fun, but who can be serious
4. Someone who thinks about things - reflective
4A. Someone who considers the larger issues of life
5. Someone who fights fair
See how some of these ideas relate to others, and should be discussed together? This ranking of ideas forms a rough outline for your paper. Now, you are ready to write.
First you will need an introduction paragraph that introduces your readers (your audience) to the topic you have chosen. This paragraph usually contains your thesis statement, ...
Standard five paragraph compare and contrast essay - with extra paragraphs. How to come up with a topic, strategies for organizing your thoughts and forming a rough outline. Writing thesis statements, introduction, body and conclusion. Proofreading strategies.