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Comparison Essays AK

Example Essay

  1. Exercise: Analyze an essay

    1. Yes
    2. Yes (While shopping online or shopping in a store are very distinct shopping experiences for consumers, they both stimulate the economy.)
    3. Yes (One thing that makes the experience different when you shop online or in a store is the range of options that are available. Another thing that makes the experience different when you shop online or in a store is the way you evaluate the merchandise. What these two shopping experiences share is their ability to stimulate the economy. As both stores stimulate our economic system, we can appreciate their distinct features.)
    4. Yes
    5. Yes
    6. Yes
    7. Yes (conclusion needs more development)
    8. Yes
    9. Yes (The way people shopped has clearly changed since the creation of the Internet, and the way people shop in the future will probably continue to change as new tools and technology are invented.)
    10. Prediction

Prewriting

  1. Exercise: Revise thesis statements

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided
  2. Exercise: Complete an outline (Answers will vary, examples provided)

    1. Both Frank Gehry and Franklin Wright are well-known architects, but their styles, techniques, and use of color and texture are dramatically different.
    2. The different approaches of Gehry and Wright to architecture distinguish their work.
  3. Exercise: Evaluate an outline (Answers will vary, examples provided)

    1. It is unclear what is being compared.
    2. Each thesis/topic sentence needs to clearly show what two things are being compared and what aspect of them will be discussed in the paragraph.
  4. Exercise: Complete an outline

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided

Writing

  1. Exercise: Identify a good introduction

    1. Best introduction: 2

Revising

  1. Exercise: Revise a body paragraph

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided
  2. Exercise: Check your essay

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided

Revise: Example Essay

  1. Exercise: Give feedback

    1. Answers will vary, no examples provided