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Prewriting for Comparison-Contrast Essays

Instead of just leaping into writing, you should spend some time choosing a topic, gathering information, and organizing your thoughts. That's prewriting. This lesson will help you select a topic and gather details for a comparison-contrast essay.

Prewriting to Select a Topic

Explore writing topics.

Write two different people, places, things, and ideas that interest you and that you think would be interesting to compare and contrast. Circle the two subjects you like best. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

People

Places

Things

Ideas

  1. Mahatma Gandhi

  2. Nelson Mandela

  1. Brazil

  2. Portugal

  1. Dolphins

  2. Whales

  1. Democracy

  2. Monarchy

People

  1. Mahatma Gandhi

  2. Nelson Mandela

Places

  1. Brazil

  2. Portugal

Things

  1. Dolphins

  2. Whales

Ideas

  1. Democracy

  2. Monarchy

 

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