Monday (Section 11): Introduction to comparison and contrast

What we did in class, today – Students volunteered for Literature Circle roles to discuss “E-Waste and E-Waste Recycling” (pp. 183-184 in the MySkillsLab e-reader) on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Because students were to have reviewed pp. 195-202 in the MySkillsLab e-reader before class today, we began our discussion of comparison and contrast paragraphs and essays, focusing on the following:

Next, students wrote a practice essay comparing and contrasting cats and dogs. They wrote each section after we discussed the following:

Their practice essays were submitted to Turnitin in MyGUST under Cats and Dogs (Week of 19 Nov – 25 Nov).

Below is the model compare and contrast essay I wrote during class:

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (n.d.) reports that there are 78 million dogs and 84.5 million cats in American households. In fact, this same source also reports that 44% of all American households have a dog as a pet, while 35% have cats. These appear to be the favorite pets of Americans. While cats and dogs are agile domesticated animals that share striking similarities, they differ in several major ways.

While dogs and cats share some of the same physical characteristics, they do differ in others. They are alike in that they both have fur and whiskers as well as tails. However, their claws and teeth differ. Dogs have extended claws that become blunt from constant contact with the ground when they walk. However, cats have retractable claws that say sharp because they are protected inside the toes. Also, their teeth differ. Dogs have larger, sharper teeth than cats.

Not only can dogs and cats be compared according to their physical characteristics, but also they can be compared according to their personalities. Both pets have their own distinct personalities. However, this is where the similarities end, for dogs are people pleasers, while cats are extremely independent and do not care what their owners think about them.

A final comparison and contrast can be made according to how they hunt. Both cats and dogs prefer to hunt their own prey rather than eat food provided by their owners. However, when hunting, dogs run down their prey. For example, dogs like to hunt in packs, where they chase their prey until it becomes too tired to run anymore. In contrast, cats creep up on their prey and catch it by surprise. They may crouch behind a tree until they think they can safely jump on a nearby bird.

To conclude, dogs and cats resemble each other in several ways, yet they differ in others. While they share physical characteristics of fur, whiskers, and tails, they differ in their sharp claws and teeth. Also, each has a distinct personality, but dogs are probably better pets because they like to please their owners in contrast to cats. While they both are hunters, dogs stalk their prey, whereas cats prefer to spring upon it. In short, these two pets are similar in a few ways but different in others.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework – Complete Ch. 6 Checking Your Comprehension 1, Ch. 6 Checking Your Comprehension 2, Ch. 6 Checking Your Comprehension 3, and Ch. 6 Writing Paragraphs 4 before midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

What we will do in class on Wednesday, Nov. 22 – We will discuss “E-Waste and E-Waste Recycling” and take Ch. 6 Post-Test.

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