This paragraph comes first and presents the basic information about the subjects to be compared and contrasted. It should present your thesis and the direction of your essay (i.e., what you will discuss and why your readers should care). To write a compare/contrast essay, youll need to make NEW connections and/or express NEW differences between two things. The key word hereis NEW! Choose 2 things that could go in the same category, but are also quite different. Being the president to being a homeless person. Being a snob to being a nerd. Poverty to paranoia. Christopher Columbus to early astronauts. School bullies to dictators. Writing essays to going to the dentist. You can also just draw out a list of all of the qualities or characteristics of each subject. Once youve done that, start looking through the list for traits that both subjects share. Church sermons to campaign speeches. Acting to lying. Hurricanes to blizzards. The 1970s to another decade. The decisions of Red Riding Hood to the decisions of Goldilocks. Wandering on the African plain to drifting in the open sea.
It should provide and analyze evidence in order to connect those proofs to your thesis and support your thesis. Many middle-school and high-school essays may only require three body paragraphs, but use as many as is necessary to fully convey your argument.