What we did in class, today – We reviewed several terms:
- compare – 1) How things are similar or different; 2) How things are similar – The second meaning is the most commonly used definition.
- contrast – How things differ
- thesis sentence/statement – The sentence that tells the main idea of the whole essay. It is usually the last sentence in an introduction.
- topic sentence – The sentence that tells the main idea of a paragraph. It is usually the first sentence in all paragraphs except the introduction.
We agreed that there are two criteria for writing a compare or a contrast essay:
- There must be two things to be either compared or contrasted.
- These two things must be of the same category, for example, an apple (fruit) and an orange (a fruit).
There are two organizational methods: block method and point-by-point method.
- Block Method – 4 paragraphs comparing/contrasting two things, e.g. apple and oranges (introduction, body paragraph about all three characteristics of apple discussed, body paragraph about all three characteristics of orange discussed, conclusion)
- Point-by-Point Method – 5 paragraphs comparing/contrasting two things, e.g. apple and orange (introduction, body paragraph where apple and orange are compared/contrasted according to first characteristic, body paragraph where apple and orange are compared/contrasted according to second characteristic, body paragraph where apple and orange are compared/contrasted according to third characteristic, conclusion)
Class video – The link for the class video can be accessed in MyGUST.
Homework – Do Activity 5 (pp. 106-107) in the handout before class on Monday. This is for a mark for effort.
What we will do in class on Wednesday, Sept. 10 – We will discuss Activity 5 (pp. 106-107 in the handout) and start writing a model essay.