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1 A Brief Overview to Writing A Comparison/Contrast Essay Similarities and Differences
2 This powerpoint is designed to guide you through the writing of your compare contrast essay. You will compare and contrast the ideologies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois based on your readings of the books Up From Slavery and The Souls of Black Folk.Start by downloading the note-taking handout from the course website. Be sure to keep this handout handy as you work your way through this powerpoint.DIRECTIONS
3 This powerpoint will provided examples of each of the stages of the writing process. It will use the topic autumn vs. spring in its examples along the way.Now let’s get started. Before switching to the next slide. Jot down the stages of the writing process from memory on your note-taking guide.Move to the next slide to check your work.DIRECTIONS
4 A QUICK REVIEW Prewrite: Organize ideas Draft: Jot down ideas in paragraph formRevise: Review writing to make it sound better. The focus is on organization, word choice, and ideas.Edit: Review writing to make it look better. The focus is on spelling, grammar, and mechanics.Publish: Share your writing with your audienceA QUICK REVIEW
5 GET READY: JOURNAL #2 On your note-taking handout, do this: What does Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois believe about Blacks and upward mobility. Try to capture each of their perspectives in one to two sentence.
6 Writing a comparison/contrast paper involves comparing and contrasting two subjects. A comparison shows how two things are alike.A contrast shows how two things are different.Definition
7 When you choose a topic, be sure not to choose two totally unrelated subjects. You must start with subjects that have some basic similarities.Two moviesTwo short storiesBook and movieTwo ideologiesChoosing a Topic
8 YOUR TOPIC For this paper, you will explore the following topic: Compare and contrast the ideologies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Specifically discuss the differences and similarities in their views of Blacks in America during the period of Black Reconstruction. Include several examples from each text to support your claims.YOUR TOPIC
9 PREWRITINGThis is the stage where you organize your thoughts. It usually helps to use some sort of graphic organizer. With a compare contrast paper, you might choose to use a Venn Diagram or trait chart.
10 Brainstorm everything you know about each subjects and then go back and look for connections that show similarities and differences.Brainstorm
11 Assignment: Jot down your ideas in the chart on your note-taking sheet Assignment: Jot down your ideas in the chart on your note-taking sheet. Then, use these notes along with the Inspiration Software to create a Venn Diagram or some other graphic organizer that compares and contrast the ideologies (beliefs) of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Once you have created your graphic using your notes; use inspiration to turn the graphic into outline notes.Send your prewrite graphics to me via atYour Turn to PreWrite
12 YOUR TURNUse your notes to jot down your initial ideas about the topic. Type your ideas onto the note-taking handout.
13 DRAFTINGDrafting is when you use your prewrite notes to write down your initial thoughts about the essay topic. You should write without worrying about the content, at this point, your goal is simply to get your ideas down. This is called ideation.
14 DRAFT & REVISING THE DRAFT When you revise, you think about the organization of your ideas, as well as how your ideas sound. Word choice, transitions, and vocabulary used to present your ideas are all important. It is also important to develop your ideas around a great thesis or claim.
15 Develop a Thesis/Claim The thesis statement or claim will evolve from the prewrite and intial draft. Look at your list and ask yourself some questions.Is there something important, significant, or interesting in the similarities and differences on my list?What have I discovered about my two topics?Develop a Thesis/Claim
16 After looking at the list from our example, a thesis statement or claim might be: “Although there is exquisite beauty in the seasons of autumn and spring, there are also distinctions which allow each season to stand on its own.”Develop a Thesis
17 The introduction of your essay should mention both subjects in a strong and clearly defined thesis statement or claim:“Although there is exquisite beauty in the seasons of autumn and spring, there are also distinctions which allow each season to stand on its own.”Organizing The Essay
18 YOUR TURNDevelop a thesis statement or claim and introduction for your essay. Jot down your introduction, which should include your thesis/claim on the note-taking handout.
19 There are two primary ways to organize the body of your paper: The divided patternThe alternating patternOrganizing The Essay
20 Organizing The Essay The Divided Pattern Give all supporting details for one subject and then give all supporting details for the other subject.Paragraph 1: Introduction and Thesis StatementParagraph 2: Discuss and give supporting details for subject 1 (autumn)Paragraph 3: Discuss and give supporting details for subject 2 (spring)Paragraph 4: Concluding StatementOrganizing The Essay
21 Organizing The Essay The Alternating Pattern Alternate the details from one side of the comparison or contrast to the other.Paragraph 1: Introduction and Thesis StatementParagraph 2: Discuss and give all the details of the similarities between both subjects (spring and autumn)Paragraph 3: Discuss and give all the details of the differences between both subjects (spring and autumn)Paragraph 4: Concluding StatementOrganizing The Essay
22 Organizing The Essay Concluding Statement The Conclusion of your paper should include final connections about the two subjects and then a restatement of your thesis.Organizing The Essay
23 YOUR TURN TO DRAFT AND REVISE Drafting Assignment: Now it’s your turn to work. Select an organizational structure for your essay. Use the structure to draft your essay. Be sure to include the introduction that you developed.Revising Assignment: After you have completed the full draft of your essay. Go back and reread your work. Make sure that it sounds good. Pay close attention to organization, transitions, and word choice. You will also need to make sure that your ideas are stated clearly and that you have supported all ideas with details from the text(s).Send your completed draft to me viaYOUR TURN TO DRAFT AND REVISE
24 YOUR TURN TO EDITThis is when you check your paper for spelling, grammar, and minor mistakes. Reread your paper and edit all mistakes. Run a spelling and grammar check.
25 Assignment: Make sure that your paper is ready to turn in for a grade Assignment: Make sure that your paper is ready to turn in for a grade. Include a cover page and reference page. Use APA style for references.Complete the editing rubric in your notes.Answer the reflection questions in your notes.your notes and completed essay to me viaCongratulations, you are done!!!!!YOUR TURN TO PUBLISH