Prewriting Gathering and Organizing Details
Once you’ve chosen topics to write about, it’s time to gather details about them. For this type of essay, it’s a good idea to gather and organize your details at the same time. To do this, you can use one of two graphic organizers: a T-chart or a Venn diagram. Both organizers work well when you are gathering details about two subjects at the same time.
A T-chart is just what it sounds like—a chart that looks like a T.
- On the left side, list details about one of your subjects.
- On the right side, list details about the other subject.
- Underline any important similarities.
- Place check marks next to important differences.
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