With this handout of two sample point-by-point outlines by Lots of Ideas, teachers can help students solve a problem of fuzzy writing in their compare/contrast essays.
You might assign listing or a Venn diagram as a graphic organizer for students to brainstorm what their two things, concepts, or stories have in common and how each is unique. The resulting essay commonly uses block comparison: a paragraph of similarities and a paragraph of differences sandwiched between an introduction and conclusion.
Take your class to Bloom's evaluation stage by showing them the point-by-point pattern of organization. Thinking about several valid bases of comparison can pave the way to understanding their topic better and writing more specifically.
One outline provides a basic outline useful to show how to organize a point-by-point comparison of two election candidates.
The second provides a more detailed outline to illustrate how to organize a point-by-point comparison of two literary works: Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood" and Oates's “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” [Note: the Oates short story is often anthologized in college textbooks, and it treats adult topics.]
Three times to assign a point-by-point outline include:
a. after prewriting and moving to the planning part of the writing process
b. as a post draft assignment to prompt revision
c. in a research project with embedded sources in MLA format.
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