Compare and Contrast Essay Template
Section 1

Begin the essay with an intro paragraph that presents both texts that will be used in the essay.

Introduction

Starting Sentence Option 1: When you look at [text 1] and [text 2], there are obvious differences and similarities. In this essay, we will be looking at these, particularly [thesis statement].


Starting Sentence Option 2: As you read [text 1] and [text 2], thesis statement]. These two passages have much in common, but they are also opposites in some areas. Let’s take a closer look.


Example Opening Claims

  • The two texts follow a similar theme of [theme].
  • As seen in both texts, there is a theme of [theme].
  • In this essay, you will see that these texts are [point].

 

Section 2

Find the differences between the two passages.

First Claim

Starting Sentence Option 1: The first difference between the two passages is [difference], which is evidenced by [example] in [text 1] and [example] in [text 2]. This shows that [first claim].


Starting Sentence Option 2: Early in [text 1], we see [example]. This is contrasted by the scene where [example] occurs in [text 2], marking a major difference between them. This indicates [first claim].


Example Claims

  • Text 1 shows us one thing, while text 2 shows something completely different.
  • Both texts concur in this area.
  • The underlying theme of [theme] is found in both texts.
Section 3

Highlight another difference between the two texts.

Second Claim

Starting Sentence Option 1: When it comes to differences, [text 1] differs from [text 2] in [example]. You will see this in [scene] in [text 1] and [scene] in [text 2]. It’s a good indication that [second claim].


Starting Sentence Option 2: According to [text 1], [scenario or belief], while [text 2] states that [opposing belief]. This is a big difference and one that [action]. In the end, it seems [second claim].



Example Claims

  • Text 1 shows us one thing, while text 2 shows something completely different.
  • Both texts concur in this area.
  • The underlying theme of [theme] is found in both texts.
Section 4

Use a quote from the passages to prove your point.

Third Claim

Starting Sentence Option 1: [Text 1] indicates that [quote], while [Text 2] says [quote]. It’s important to note [difference] and realize that [third claim].


Starting Sentence Option 2: According to [text 1], [quote]. In [Text 2], we see that [example], which is the final difference between the two texts. It means [third claim].


Example Claims

  • Text 1 shows us one thing, while text 2 shows something completely different.
  • Both texts concur in this area.
  • The underlying theme of [theme] is found in both texts.
Section 5

Summarize the main points in the essay and reword your thesis statement for the conclusion.

Conclusion

Starting Sentence Option 1: In conclusion, the texts are [restate thesis]. Anyone who reads both passages will notice that [recap essay’s main points].


Starting Sentence Option 2: Despite [differences], [text 1] and [text 2] are very similar in [recap main points]. They also differ in [recap main points]. It’s obvious that [restate thesis].


 

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