Comparison/ contrast Essay


The purpose of a Comparison/Contrast Essay is to analyze the similarities and differences between two things. For

this essay, you are analyzing the similarities and differences between two newspaper articles about the same topic

but from different sources.


1. Go to Grades and look for feedback on your Comparison/Contrast Essay Outline. For help viewing my

comments on your outline, see this Canvas Help Guide & for students.

2. Use the feedback to make revisions to your outline.

3. Use your outline to write a 4-paragraph, MLA-formatted essay of about 450-600 words. (Academic

paragraphs need to be 7-12 well-developed sentences in length.)

Your essay should provide a comparison/contrast analysis of the two articles, focusing on the notes you took

in your Comparison/Contrast chart and discussions you have had with classmates. Remember to choose key

areas to focus on.

5. Begin your essay with an introduction that introduces the newspaper articles. At the end of the introduction

include a thesis sintence that introduces the points being compared/contrasted.

Sample thesis: While both newspaper articles discuss President Obama’s State of the Union Address,

there are differences in the bias and sources cited in’each article.

6. Write two body support paragraphs that each begin with a

topic sentence c