Compare/Contrast Essay – Choose one topic provided in these instructions to compare and/or contrast.

Compare/Contrast Essay – Choose one topic provided in these instructions to compare and/or contrast.The table below provides an extensive list of topic options from which you must select, and we recommend that you choose one from below that you are interested in beyond this course. For instance, if you are a Finance or Business major, you might be interested in the Dividends v. Capital Gains topic. If you are a Science major, you might choose Hybrid Seeds v. GMO Seeds. Or perhaps you’re taking StraighterLine’s Survey of World History course, in which case you might opt to research the similarities and differences between the United States and the Roman Empire.You will use at least two credible sources to support your claims, and remember, you must include your sources throughout the body paragraphs of your essay in a mix of cited quotes, paraphrases, and summaries. Both the support and research portions of the rubric will be negatively affected if you do not integrate your researched data.Rosa Parks vs. Harriet TubmanTreaties vs. Executive AgreementsRoman Empire vs. United StatesEdgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” vs. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”Verbal vs. Nonverbal CommunicationBiblical Old Testament vs. New TestamentLeonardo di Vinci vs. MichelangeloApple Ipad vs. Microsoft SurfaceDividends vs. Capital GainsMarxism vs. SocialismChicago Cubs vs. Chicago White SoxJazz vs. BluesString Instruments vs. Wind InstrumentsAmphibians vs. ReptilesCharles Darwin vs. Jean-Baptiste LamarckSolar Power vs. Wind PowerHybrid Seeds vs. GMO SeedsPublic School vs. Home SchoolTwo scholarly, newsworthy, or academic topics of your own choosing.Write an essay comparing or contrasting the two topics in your selection using EITHER the point-by-point OR the subject-by-subject method to organize the details and specific examples. Consider focusing on three to five subtopics and generate ideas through prewriting. Develop a strong thesis statement for your essay that includes your two topics from the list above; your three to five subtopics; and a claim about how they are similar, different, or both.Sample Thesis Statements:If you will argue that your two topics are mostly similar:Topic A and Topic B share many similar characteristics, including (Supporting point 1), (Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3); while they differ in (Additional supporting point), the similarities greatly outweigh the differences.ORIf you will argue that your two topics are mostly different:While Topic A and Topic B have (Additional supporting point) in common, they are mostly quite different; in fact, they differ in characteristics such as (Supporting point 1), (Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3).ORIf you will argue that your two topics have many important/interesting similarities and differences:Analyzing Topic A and Topic B reveals many fascinating similarities as well as differences; for instance, they share (Supporting point 1) and (Supporting point 1), but are vastly different when it comes to (Supporting point 3) and (Supporting point 4).TipsTo brainstorm, you might consider using a Venn diagram or a simple list to show what your topics have in common and how they differ. Then you can select the most prominent or interesting characteristics that you want to highlight in your paper.Be sure to avoid beginning your comparisons or contrasts in the introduction. Your thesis is the only place in the introduction where you will include this information. Use the introduction to get your reader’s attention, and consider using a good strategy that leads into the topic. For instance, you might relate a short anecdote to illustrate your topic, an interesting quotation that relates to your topic, or perhaps a surprising statistic that reveals something about your topic.Then, in the body paragraphs remember to support your claim(s) outlined in the thesis. For instance, if one of your points says the city and the country are different in terms of transportation, be sure the topic sentence of one body paragraph presents a similar statement. In addition, spend equal time on each subtopic in each body paragraph, and one way to develop organized body paragraphs is to focus on one topic before moving to the next one so that the paragraph support is split 50/50. In other words, using the example above, you would explain the transportation options in the city in full, and then, you would detail the types of contrasting transportation in the country. End each body paragraph with a strong concluding sentence that synthesizes that paragraph’s discussions.The conclusion should sum up the specific supporting points as well as your overall assessment of why these points are important. Consider what kinds of interesting or new conclusions you can draw from your comparison. In other words, your essay must reveal why your comparison is important. A well-developed paragraph often contains a minimum of five sentences. Note that any of the main sections below labeled with Roman Numerals (I, II, III, IV) could be more than just a single paragraph.Point-by-PointI. IntroductionA. ThesisB. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attentionII. Supporting point 1A. Topic 1B. Topic 2III. Supporting point 2A. Topic 1B. Topic 2IV. Supporting point 3A. Topic 1B. Topic 2V. Supporting point 4 or Additional pointA. Topic 1B. Topic 2VI. ConclusionA. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?Subject-by-SubjectI. IntroductionA. ThesisB. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attentionII. Topic 1A. Supporting point 1B. Supporting point 2C. Supporting point 3D. Supporting point 4 or Additional pointIII. Topic 2A. Supporting point 1B. Supporting point 2C. Supporting point 3D. Supporting point 4 or Additional pointV. ConclusionA. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?Here’s an example of how you might organize using these methods for an essay about cats versus dogs as pets (remember, this topic is not one of the options for this essay).Point-by-PointI. IntroductionA. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.II. Subtopic 1: Noise levelA. Topic 1: Cats are quietB. Topic 2: Dogs can be noisyIII. Subtopic 2: ExerciseA. Topic 1: Cats do not have to be walkedB. Topic 2: Dogs require exerciseIV. Subtopic 3: CleanlinessA. Topic 1: Cats groom themselvesB. Topic 2: Dogs need to be bathedV. ConclusionSubject-by-SubjectI. IntroductionA. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.II. Topic 1: CatsA. Subtopic 1: Noise levelB. Subtopic 2: ExerciseC. Subtopic 3: CleanlinessIII. Topic 2: DogsA. Subtopic 1: Noise levelB. Subtopic 2: ExerciseC. Subtopic 3: CleanlinessIV. Conclusion
Format Requirements:Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.Sources: You need a bare minimum of two credible sources for this assignment.Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:Your first and last nameCourse Title (Composition I)Assignment name (Compare and Contrast)Current DatePage Layout:MLA style documentation (please see the tutorial in the course topic)Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page as a headerDouble-spacing throughoutTitle, centered after heading (Title should be more creative than “Compare and Contrast.”)Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)1″ margins on all sidesSave the file as .docx or .doc formatLength: This assignment should be at least 500 words.Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.