Lesson 4

The Goal:

Your goal for this lesson is to learn about comparing similar items and then writing them so the ideas stay organized. Comparison essays are notoriously difficult because any two things can be compared. The problem is that the essay can then become simply a list of different ideas for each of the objects being compared. You have to be very clear about WHY you are comparing the two things, which will help focus the essay and then make sure you are contrasting similar aspects of the two things.

What to Read:

  1. The Sixth Paragraph: A Re-Vision of the Essay‘ by Paul Lynch in Writing Spaces, Vol 2.
  2. Section C5 in a Writer’s Reference, pp.  43-51
  3. *  “Introduction‘ chapter in  Nature’s State  by Susan Kollins (located in blackboard resources section)
  4. *’Why do Reality Shows Make Alaska Look Insane?’ by Craig Medred

Writing Assignment 3:

Chose 1 topic and write 4 different types of paragraphs for that topic. Label each paragraph with the type of pattern of organization. Transitions between paragraphs are not necessary. You can chose from the list under C5-c for different organizational types. Each paragraph should be at least 100 words, but topic can be as whimsical (unicorns, amusement park rides, bunnies…) or serious (automobiles, dog mushing, dieting…..) as you wish.

Go to the Discussion page and contribute to Discussion #4


Submission Checklist:

  • 2-paragraph contribution to the Discussion page for your section. (30 Points)
  • Paragraph Exercise (WA 3) — 20 points



with Megan Bush