This lesson is a fun way to go through the steps for writing an essay using objects students are familiar. The lesson has the class participate as group and later students will practice independently so that when it is time for them to write their essay they will fully understand the process. A handout for the steps to writing a compare and contrast essay is included.
DIVIDING TOPICS INTO CLASSIFICATIONS: Select topics from the following list [or create one or more topics on your own]. In the spaces below, write the name of the topic and divide each into three meaningful classifications.
Teachers Students Parents Music
Drivers Neighbors Friends Obnoxious People
Discipline Anger Movies T.V. programs
Motor vehicles Pets Disagreements Book
Love School Activities Holidays Frustration
Restaurants Failure Success Careers
In the spaces below, write each classification, make a generalization about it (e.g., Strict disciplinarian parents are often the hardest to get along with for kids.). Then, brainstorm as many details, facts, examples, etc., you can think of relating to each classification. Listing is fine for this. No need to write complete sentences.
GENERALIZATION ABOUT CLASSIFICATION #1
GENERALIZATION ABOUT CLASSIFICATION #2
GENERALIZATION ABOUT CLASSIFICATION #3
CONCLUSION: One of the best things to do in a conclusion is to personalize or make a prediction. The first thing to do in the conclusion is to restate the thesis at the beginning (but in different words than you used in the introduction). Then personalize this topic if you didn’t in the paper. Also, you could try to make some predictions about the future. For example, what is likely to happen to kids someday who have these same parents? Will they grow up to be the same kinds of parents?