Writing your final essay format



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WORKSHEET/OUTLINE for Final Compare/Contrast Essay Engl 9 --AU


WRITING your FINAL essay FORMAT

Compare/Contrasting The Odyssey and The Boy Left Behind



Use this very specific OUTLINE and to answer or complete what the sentences are supposed to cover. Must receive permission to deviate from this format!! Your grade will be based on how closely you follow this format.


  1. Paragraph 1-Introduction to the two stories, end with THESIS statement answering the prompt. (may keep all in black for sentence 1-3)

    1. Sentence 1- give a general statement about difficult experiences with a quote (look at quotes of the week from class) or create your own thought on surviving difficult times.

    2. Sentence 2-summary statement on MAIN CHARACTER and WHAT happens in Odyssey.

    3. Sentence 3-summary statement on MAIN CHARACTER and WHAT happens in Boy Left Behind

Sentence 4-THESIS for essay-- In the stories of The Odyssey and The Boy Left Behind the difficult experiences of Odysseus and Enrique helped build their resiliency and character by__testing their resolve to stick with a goal ________ and___ by temptations to abandon the goal ______.


  1. Paragraph 2-Compare and contrast what happens in the FIRST events for the characters HOW it builds their RESILIENCE. (8 -12 sentences)

    1. Sentence 1-Topic sentence, RED—Both Odysseus and Enrique’s resiliency in overcoming difficulties is tested when they are seeking to get “home” and they encounter obstacles.

    2. Sentence 2, 3- List a Concrete detail (CD) obstacle for Odysseus; Compare to the (CD) obstacle in The Boy Left Behind.

    3. Sentences 4, 5-COMMENTARY (opinion) on differences between the stories on first CD

    4. Sentences 6, 7-list second CD 2, for Odysseus; Compare the second CD in The Boy Left Behind.

    5. Sentences 8, 9- COMMENTARY (opinion) on differences between the stories on seccond CD.

    6. Sentence 10 (and 11 if needed)-Conclusion/Transition to Paragraph 3.



  1. Paragraph 3- Compare and contrast what happens in the SECOND set of events for the characters HOW it builds their CHARACTER. (8 -12 sentences)

    1. Sentence 1-Topic sentence, RED—Both Odysseus and Enrique’s ability to maintain good character in spite of difficulties is tested when they are tempted to abandon others or to give up their quests.

    2. Sentence 2, 3- List a Concrete detail (CD) temptation1 for Odysseus; Compare to the (CD) temptation1 in The Boy Left Behind.

    3. Sentences 4, 5-COMMENTARY (opinion) on similarities/differences between the stories on first CD

    4. Sentence 2, 3- List a Concrete detail (CD) temptation2 for Odysseus; Compare to the (CD) temptation2 in The Boy Left Behind.

    5. Sentences 8, 9- COMMENTARY (opinion) on similarities/differences between the stories on second CD.

    6. Sentence 10 (and 11 if needed)-Conclusion/Transition to Paragraph 4

  2. Paragraph 4-How did those experiences helped build their resiliency and character?

    1. Sentence 1-TOPIC sentence summarizing how the two characters experiences helped build their resiliency and character.

    2. Sentence 2, 3 –Summary/Comm on how Odysseus’ resilience and character built by difficulties.

    3. Sentence 3,4- Summary/Comm on how Enrique’s resilience and character built by difficulties..

    4. Sentence 5,6-Conclusion/Transition

  3. Paragraph 5-Conclusion/Reflection-how can you apply a lesson learned by each of the main characters to face a difficult situation in YOUR life. List CONCRETE DETAILS of situations in your own life that might benefit from how Odysseus and Enrique’s resiliency and character were strengthened.

    1. Sentence 1-Topic (re-state THESIS)

      1. Thus, in the stories of The Odyssey and The Boy Left Behind the difficult experiences of Odysseus and Enrique helped build their resiliency and character by__testing their resolve to stick with a goal ___ and___ by temptations to abandon the goal ______.

    2. Sentence 2, 3-Reflection on how Odysseus’ and Enrique’s stories can teach you a way to be resilient.

    3. Sentence 4, 5- Reflection on how Odysseus’ and Enrique’s stories can teach you a way to have greater character.

    4. Sentence 6,7-Concluding thoughts on how both stories are different but similar in teaching how to learn from difficulties.


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