Lesson 7

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. On the Other Hand: The Role of Antithetical Writing in First Year Composition Courses‘ by Steven D. Krause in Writing Spaces, Vol 2.
  2. * “What Defines a Meme?‘ by James Gleick in Smithsonian magazine

Go to the Discussion page for your section and contribute to Discussion #7

   PAPER #2:

This paper should be a “Comparison’ essay. Please see “Paper 2 Requirements‘ for details on this essay.


Submission Checklist:

  • 2-paragraph contribution to the Discussion page.
  • Paper #2 (100 points)



with Megan Bush