Comparison Essays

In this chapter you will write a comparison essay. To write a comparison essay, think about two things that you can compare. What makes them similar? What makes them different?

A comparison essay is written to show the reader how two topics are similar or different. This essay should describe specific qualities that can be compared between the two topics.

Exercise: Analyze an Essay

Read one of the two following Comparison Example Essays on the following pages to complete this exercise.

  1. Label the introduction paragraph, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion paragraph.
  2. Circle the hook.
  3. What is the general topic of the essay?
  4. Underline the thesis.
  5. Underline each of the topic sentences.
  6. Do each of the topic sentences support the thesis?
  7. Does the conclusion paragraph start by restating the thesis?