Comparative Essay Formats: Block or Point-by-Point



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Comparative Essay Formats: Block or Point-by-Point

Comparative essays typically follow one of these structures. Make sure you cover both similarities AND differences.







INTRO/THESIS

  • A thesis for a comparative essay focuses the paper on the concept being addressed and makes an argument about HOW both texts address the concept.

  • Clearly state your argument / answer to the prompt or question

  • In the thesis, include your argument about both the similarities AND differences between the texts that you will examine in the body of the paper.














BLOCK STYLE BODY ¶s




POINT-BY-POINT BODY ¶s

 BT making point(s) about ONE of your two texts.

 Transition + context + quoted support (or a series of short quoted supports) + (citation).

 commentary explaining how the support proves your BT

 More support and commentary until you are through

 Wrap up your point &/or transition into your next BT.





 BT making point (similarity or difference) about BOTH works.

Support from one of the pair: Transition + context + quoted support (or a series of short quoted supports) + (citation).

 commentary explaining how the support proves your BT

Support from the other of the pair with commentary hearkening back to points made after previous support. Thus, this commentary will always be more developed than those in previous section.

 Wrap up your point &/or transition into your next BT.









 BT making point(s) about THE OTHER of your two works compared to point(s) made in previous ¶.

 Transition + context + quoted support (or a series of short quoted supports) + (citation).

 commentary explaining how the support illustrates your point, with additional observations hearkening back to similarities &/or differences to points made in previous section ¶. Thus, this commentary will always be more developed than in the last section ¶.

 More support and commentary until you are through

 Wrap up your point &/or transition into your next BT.





 BT making a different point (similarity or difference) about BOTH works.

 Support from one of the pair: Transition + context + quoted support (or a series of short quoted supports) + (citation).

 commentary explaining how the support proves your BT

 Support from the other of the pair with commentary hearkening back to points made after previous support.



 Wrap up your point &/or transition into your next BT.











CONCLUSION





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