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How to Write a Compare and Contrast Assignment
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by Pihu VermaApril 20, 2016

How to Write a Compare and Contrast Assignment

Have you ever compared two Oranges? Sounds weird!! Anyways..so, what do you look for when you compare two oranges? There is a common tendency among people two look for differences when they compare two things. Be it oranges, twins, research paper. Even in assignment they tend to look for only distinctions not the similarities.

Isn’t it amazing that we always see things from one angle that tells us how one thing differs from another thing and sidelines the similarities. This is the common mistake that students commit while being given the task of writing a compare and contrast assignment. As a matter of fact, you must pay attention to both similarities and distinctive features. Whenever you are given to write an assignment, you need to comprehend if you have been told to focus mainly on connections or distinctions or both. This is where most students lack. So please tread this path cautiously.

Brainstorming for Compare and Contrast Assignment

The compare and contrast assignment requires equal focus on the similarities and differences. The best way to outline this type of assignment is to use a Venn diagram, it will help you in efficiently and quickly compare and contrast two or more topics/ ideas.

  • Draw two overlapping circles and name one circle for each item you’re considering
  • Place the shared quality or attribute (common traits) in the overlapping area.
  • Mention the list of qualities or attributes of each item in the circle which are different.
  • Review the list and overlapping area and take at least three aspects to give your assignment a complete look.

Let’s take an example for the better understanding:

Here, we are taking a topic “The progress plan and strategy of Dominos and Pizza Hut

To make a chart, find out the aspects you want to focus on:

Attribute Dominos Pizza Hut
Location
Price
Ingredients
Delivery
Service
Seating/Eating In
Coupons

You can give your assignment a head start by collecting all information at one particular space. Now comes the time to either use connections or differences as the transition word.

There are two ways of doing this:

Block Method: This method will fetch you two distinct papers, one focusing on similarities and other on distinctions. Block method means evaluating one whole item and comparing it to the other item in its entirety. To perform it successfully you need to start with a clear introduction and then enumerate the details with differences and similarities. Remember, you are also required to connect these two sections with a clear transition too. At last, conclude your paper with the analysis of the relationships you have noticed between two items and summarizing it too.

 

Block Method

 

Assignment

Introduction

  • Introduction of general topic
  • Specific Topic
  • Areas to be covered in
Topic 1

  • Aspect 1
    • Detail
    • Detail
  • Aspect 2
    • Detail
    • Detail
  • Aspect 3
    • Detail
    • Detail
Topic Sentence:
 

Topic 2

  • Aspect 1
    • Detail
    • Detail
  • Aspect 2
    • Detail
    • Detail
  • Aspect 3
    • Detail
    • Detail
Topic Sentence:
Conclusion:

  • Summary of main points
  • Evaluation and/ or possible future development

Point to point Method: As the name depicts, ere you need to take a very detailed view. you must take care of one thing that before jumping on to the other point, you need to come up with a point of similarity and difference between two items and handle it separately too. Start with an introduction and connect everything with a good transition. In order to present the summary of relationships you have noticed so far, you need to organize you points in a logical manner.

 

Point to Point Method

 

Assignment

Introduction

  • Introduction to general topic
  • Specific topic
  • Areas to be covered in this assignment
 
 

Topic 1 – Aspect 1

  • Detail
  • Detail

Topic 2 – Aspect 1

  • Detail
  • Detail
Topic Sentence
 

Topic 1 – Aspect 2

  • Detail
  • Detail

Topic 2 – Aspect 2

  • Detail
  • Detail
Topic Sentence
Conclusion:

  • Summary of main points
  • Evaluation and/ or possible future development
 

 

We hope, you’ve understood all the thick and thins of a compare and contrast assignment. If still have doubts in mind, feel free to reach us at info@assignmentindia.com

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