Writing a Comparison-Contrast Essay
You've selected a topic, done your research, and formed a focus. Now it's time to write your first draft. Your draft doesn't have to be perfect: That's what revising and editing are for.
Writing the Beginning Paragraph
Write a lead.
The first sentence in your essay should grab the reader’s attention. It is called a “lead.” The following activity will help you write an effective lead sentence.
- Explain why the subject matters:
- Provide a surprising fact:
- Ask a question:
Dolphins and whales are among the most majestic creatures on earth.
Two of the smartest animals on earth live in the ocean.
Did you know dolphins and whales come from the same biological family?
Write your focus statement.
Your beginning paragraph should end with a focus statement. The focus statement names the two subjects and starts to compare and contrast them.