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1 Compare and Contrast Essay Expository WritingCompare and Contrast Essay
2 ObjectiveToday we will write an essay in the compare/contrast format.
3 Review Compare- to examine how thing are similar Contrast- to examine how things are different
4 Review- How to Read a Poem Read the titleMark off the sentences in the poem, using hash marksRead the poem through quickly, highlighting unknown wordsRead the poem again for initial understanding
5 Active Reading Answer as many of the 5 W’s as possible Who? What? When?Where?Why?Theme-Mood-Tone-
6 The PromptCompare and contrast the two poems by Edgar Lee Masters.
7 “George Gray” Edgar Lee Masters I have studied many timesThe marble which was chiseled for me—A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.In truth it pictures not my destination5 But my life.For love was offered me…and I shrank from itsdisillusionment:Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid:Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.10 And now I know that we must lift the sailAnd catch the winds of destinyWherever they drive the boat.To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness.But life without meaning is the torture15 Of restless and vague desire—It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
8 The earth keeps some vibration going There in your heart, and that is you.And if the people find you can fiddle,Why fiddle you must, for all your life.5 What do you see, a harvest of clover?Or a meadow to walk through to the river?The wind’s in the corn; you rub your handsFor beeves hereafter ready for market;or else you hear the rustle of skirts10 Like the girls when dancing at Little Grove.To Cooney Potter a pillar of dustOr whirling leaves meant ruinous drouth;They looked to me like Red-Head SammyStepping it off, to “Toor-a-Loor.”15 How could I till my forty acresNot to speak of getting more,With a medley of horns, bassoons and piccolosStirred in my brain by crows and robinsAnd the creak of a windmill—only these?20 And I never started to plow in my lifeThat someone did not stop in the roadAnd take me away to a dance or picnic.I ended up with a broken fiddle—25 And a broken laugh, and a thousand memories,And not a single regret.“Fiddler Jones”Edgar Lee Masters
9 Notes taken while rereading the poems TopicsFiddler JonesGeorge GrayCharacterartisticlightheartedfulfilledtalentedregretfulsadfearfuldesperateSim/DifheavydarktragicdepressingMoodhappylightplayfuloptimisticSim/Difdon’t hide from lifetake chanceslive your lifeThememeaning in lifeuse your talentsSim/DifBack toJOT
10 Step OneGive your essay a title.Two Poems from Spoon River Anthology
11 Step Two: The Plan Things I might want to compare and or contrast- CharactersMoodThemeEtc.
12 Step Three: Summary Statement State the genre, title, and authorGive the situation or backgroundThe characters Fiddler Jones and George Gray speak from the grave in Edgar Lee Master’s poems about life and death.
13 Step Four- What is your point? Thesis Statement Here, the point is to compare and contrast.What will you compare and contrast?literary elements, events, or beliefsAlthough the characters and mood in “George Gray” and “Fiddler Jones” by Edgar Lee Masters are vastly different, the theme of living life to its fullest is present in both.
14 Step 4: Make a Plan-Block it Out Thesis + PlanCharacterMoodThemeConclusion
15 Step 5: Make an informal outline- JOT Thesis + PlanConclusionCharactersUse your notesfor examples,elaborations, andEmbedded quotes.MoodUse your notesfor examples,elaborations, andEmbedded quotesThemeUse your notesfor examples,elaborations, andEmbedded quotesClick below toreview notes
16 Step 6: Use transitionsa similar, another, also, besides, like, likewise, resembles, comparable, similar to, comparison, differ, different, unlike, on the other hand, contrary, but, yet, opposite from, to contrast, dissimilar, different from, by comparison
17 Step 7: Plan a Conclusion Remind the reader of your thesisRepeat key information using synonymsNothing neworCIPCall to actionInsightPrediction
18 Steps 8-12 8. Write your first draft 9. Revise your draft 10. Edit your essay11. Make a final draft12. Proofread/ Publish/ Share
19 Two Poems from Spoon River Anthology “George Gray” and “Fiddler Jones” by Edgar Lee Masters are characters who speak from the grave from the book of poems called Spoon River Anthology. The main characters Fiddler Jones and George Gray are very different. Like night and day, the mood in each poem is in total contrast . Although the characters and mood in both poems are vastly different, the theme of living life to its fullest is present in both.Fiddler Jones is the polar opposite of George Gray. While Fiddler Jones is artistic and lighthearted, George Gray is filled with regret, fear, and sadness. While fiddler Jones ended up with “a thousand memories,” George Gray lived life “without meaning.” One character embraced the human experience and the other hid from it.Similarly, the mood in each poem is at opposite ends of the light spectrum. Fiddler Jones reflects of his life in a light and playful manner. He remembers being taken away by friends to “dance and picnic.” George Gray’s tragic life is punctuated by darkness, missed chances, and regret. He remembers hiding from life because he was afraid.Both characters arrive at the same conclusion when reflecting on their lives; a life lived without meaning is meaningless. Even though George Gray missed his chance to experience life while living, he now sees the error of his ways. Fiddler Jones lived and felt every joy life offered because he also allowed himself to experience life’s pain.
20 Closure What are the steps for writing a compare/contrast essay? What is the format for writing this type of essay?
21 PracticeWrite your own compare and contrast essay.
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