Patterson's Eng 1101 MW

Comparison/Contrast Essay


Write a well-developed, grammatically sound 500-800 word essay on one of the topics listed below. The paper must be written in MS Word, double-spaced with 12 point font, one-inch margins and MLA header plus running heads.


Final drafts will be due February 25 at the start of class, and essay must be submitted to by the due date. (Papers not submitted to Turn It In will not be graded.)


This paper should include only your thoughts and impressions, using no researched information.


While you will discuss both the similarities and differences of your subjects to some degree, you should focus on one or the other. If your two subjects are mostly alike, especially on the surface, you should focus on their differences, and vice-versa. Avoid discussing the obvious, reaching instead for the more complex, more difficult, more original observations.


Your organizational pattern--either point-by-point-/alternating outline or subject-by-subject/block outline --should be clear. And remember to add adequate transitions when you change your focus, as discussed here:



Your essay may be persuasive, explaining the superiority of one subject over another. Or, your essay may simply discuss the similarities or differences of the two subjects without determining superiority.


First person is allowed only if you use personal experience to develop your points. 


Topic choices:


1.    Your current English 1101 class with the final composition course you took in high school

2.    Contemporary cartoons (those still in production, such as Spongebob, Adventure Time, Dragonball Z, etc.) and older cartoons (those produced long ago, such as Flintstones, Jetsons, Bugs Bunny, etc.)

3.    Contemporary TV sitcom families (those still in production, such as Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, The Middle etc. ) and early TV sitcom families (those NOT still in production, mostly seen in black & white, such as I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, etc.)

4.    Your best and worst jobs or supervisors/bosses