Comparative Analysis Assignment

Dr. Howe

Comparative Analysis Assignment

Building on the techniques of summary, observation, and inference, compose an accurate, well-organized, thesis-driven essay that compares two essays we've read. 3-4 pages

Choose one similarity in the texts—something the two essays both do—and examine how each essay does it differently. A statement of this comparison will be your thesis. To complete this assignment effectively, you will have to narrow and shape a point of comparison shared by each essay and then identify how each author approaches or understands that point of comparison differently. This assignment is an exercise in categorical and comparative thought, the building blocks of critical thinking.

Draft Outline and Thesis:
Revised Full Draft Due
Final Draft Due

I will be grading for accuracy, organization, strength of thesis, use of sources, and clarity of writing:

  • A strong thesis statement that provides a pathway and transitions throughout your essay and includes or gestures toward the “so what?” point
  • A clear organization dictated by the needs of the thesis and built up with levels of argument
  • Well-chosen illustrations for your thesis from both of the texts you're working with
  • An accurate and useful discussion of the major point of similarity that frame an equally accurate and useful discussion of the way each text approaches that point of similarity in different ways, from different perspectives, with different goals, or with different results
  • A clear distinction between your words/ideas and the words/ideas of your sources, meaning a close and detailed attention to the conventions of citation and documentation in MLA format
  • An introduction setting up your thesis, introducing the texts you're working with, and gesturing toward the “so what?” point
  • A brief contextualization of your thesis through an appropriate—and brief—summary of your texts
  • A rich and informative title
  • Writing that is strong, clear, grammatically correct, and impeccably spelled and edited
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