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Week 5 - Compare and Contrast 

Choose something you enjoy, like music, movies, TV, books, a sport, etc. Pretend you are a reporter (film critic, food critic, sports writer, etc.) Write a paragraph explaining why one thing is better or more important than the other thing. For example, if your love movies, write a paragraph explaining why one movie is a better than another movie. Or, explain why one character plays a better villain than another character. Be careful not to let your enthusiasm get the best of you. Don’t just compare/contrast the two things. Explain WHY one is better or more important than the other. Also, don’t assume your audience knows about your subject. Don’t assume your audience knows the two people you are comparing/contrasting are rap artists. 

The paragraph should consist of a well-developed paragraph, which means: you need a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence (clincher). The paragraph should be unified and coherent with specific supporting details or examples for support. It should provide sentence variety (simple, compound, and complex sentences). The sentences should be clear, concise, and arranged in a logical order. Transitional words and phrases should be used to provide coherence. Choose one point of view: first, second, or third person. 


Couple of general things to keep in mind with the compare and contrast paragraph:

•There is a definite structure. You are using either point-by-point or subject-by-subject. Both of these are covered in the module and the book, so please make sure to understand them.

•The topic sentence should do more than just define a topic, such as one sports star versus another sports star. It should have a purpose, such as which one makes a better role model for children and why. No one cares about the two things you are comparing and contrasting, unless you are making a point about those things


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