Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lecture 13: Introduction to Compare and Contrast Essays

Compare and Contrast:

When you compare items, you look for their similarities--the things that make them the same.

For example:

Apples and oranges are both fruit.

They're both foods.

Both are made into juice.

Both grow on trees.

When you contrast items, you look at their differences.

For example:

Apples are red. Oranges are orange.

The fruits have different textures.

Oranges need a warmer place to grow, like Florida. Apples can grow in cooler places, like Alberta.

There are three strategies to organise comparison and contrast papers:

1. Whole-to-Whole, or Block

2. Similarities-to-Differences

3. Point-by-Point


Read Chapter 10 in Essay Writing.


  1. Harjot Malhi, Jin Choi, Kalmy Wong

    All children grow up wanting and doing the same things but their different backgrounds can have an effect on this. A child growing up in a third world country would be experiencing a different lifestyle compared to a child in a developed country. Some of the main differences would be their education level, quality of life and their entertainment choices.

  2. In different areas of the world children are faced with contrasting lifestyles due to the economy that surrounds them. When looking at America vs. China it is evident that a child’s standard of living is drastically effected by their country’s economic status. Even though it is possible that both children have been raised in a loving households their future’s are likely to follow extremely different paths. This unfortunate outcome is due to differences such as income, opportunity to education and the prosperity of their location.

  3. Scott Robertson and Taosha LiaoOctober 21, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    The nations of the world today are very diverse culturally and economically. Diversity can be seen as a positive aspect of life, but when economics cause a gap between nations, the effects of diversity can be negative. This economic effect can cause an inequality, and a very large difference between particular nations. For example, when comparing the life of a child in industrialized America to a child in a poverty stricken nation, there are many differences in the lives of these children. Some of the major differences are: the standard of living each child has, the quality and difference in standardized education, and the existence of child labour in the developing nation. All three factors can adversely affect the kind of life these children are able to live.

  4. Ivy Liong and Michael GarciaOctober 21, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Past and present society has raised children to be products of the future. Although having similar routines the contrast between lifestyles is defined by the types of activitiesthey are engaged in. The environment of a child can be the difference between education and work. The three main differences would be activities, quality of life, and the care of ones family.

  5. Tanya Henderson & Sara WolbeckOctober 22, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    The lifestyle of children vary throughout the world. A well of child in Canada shares few similarities and many differences with a less fortunate child in a third world country. Both children have a place to sleep, a roof over their head and food to eat, however the quality and availability of these resources vary greatly.

  6. Poverty is a very real scenario for many children worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of children are forced to give up their childhood in exchange for a meager wage to help support their families. While all children fundamentally are the same, those immersed in poverty suffer school for work and playtime for labor.

  7. Matt Ryan and Tasha StevensonOctober 22, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    The things we take for granted everyday may come at a greater cost than we first anticipated. While we drive to the store and purchase a shoe, a child in a developing country has to work an 18 hour day making that shoe for a mere few cents pay. Today we will compare and contrast the lives of a North American child and a child living in a third world country. The three main elements that influience a child's life are their environment, the people around them and the oppurtunities that they recieve.

  8. Mark & Dana
    Everyone's childhood is different and we accept that, but few people realize the extreme gaps and differences between third world and first world children. Three of these differences are the number of people they live with, the quality of food they recieve and that many children in the third world are forced to work.

  9. The contrast in lifestyles between youth of modernized and third world countries will provoke even the skeptics to open their eyes. From he start of a daily routine they can be viewed qite similarily. However, as their days quickly progress the differences in environmental influence becomes apparent. The children are shown to have very opposite concepts of future values and leisure activities. Two lives that meet the same basic needs do not always result in the same quality of life.

  10. Tyler Chorneyko and BradenOctober 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    When you see the price tag of an item on a shelf, do you only consider the dollar value? Hidden behind the cheap price tag may be hours of child labour and neglect. Child labour laws in North America prevent us from realizing the alternative lifestyle of children where these laws don't exist. Although children are still children no matter their nationality, there can be huge differences in their uprisings based on child labour law acceptance. The major differences a child of these countries may experience may be the physical setting of their upbringing, the quality of the education they receive, and the social environment of their childhood.

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