Here are three handouts to use when writing a compare & contrast essay. Two documents are graphical guides to help students understand the structure of the compare & contrast essay. The third document is a student sample of a compare & contrast essay.
All three documents are word documents, so you may alter them to suit your needs.
These are simple, but helpful documents make it much easier for students to grasp the idea and structure of the compare and contrast essay.
I also offer two complete essay instructions units: Basic and Advanced. Each unit has between 20-35 documents. These documents are part of those packages.