This week we will work on a comparing and contrasting expository essay. Choose from one of the topics listed below and write a five paragraph essay, compare and contrast two ideas or things.


  • You will only use 3rd person point of view.

  • Brainstorm the similarities and differences between the two ideas or things.

  • From your brainstorming, choose a few broad categories that you can discuss in the body paragraphs.

  • You can have 2 paragraphs that compare and 1 that contrasts or 2 that contrast and 1 that compares.

  • You may also have more than three body paragraphs.

  • ***Make sure your body paragraphs do not simply describe. For example, do not simply describe the life of a rich person in one paragraph and the life of a famous person in another paragraph.

For your discussion board, post your outline and your thesis and respond to two others. Please use correct MLA format for you outline. This as found at the OWL Purdue website. (Links to an external site.)

View this video about writing a compare and contrast essay.

https://youtu.be/CqLBp6QvB2M (Links to an external site.)

outline for your 2nd essay. Make sure to use MLA format. You should have Roman numerals with your topic sentence and letters with your supporting details.