Comparison/Contrast Essay

Purpose

The purpose of a Comparison/Contrast Essay is to analyze the similarities and differences between two things. For this essay, you are analyzing the similarities and differences between two newspaper articles about the same topic but from different sources.

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Directions
Go to Grades and look for feedback on your Comparison/Contrast Essay Outline. For help viewing my comments on your outline, see this Canvas Help Guide
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for students.
Use the feedback to make revisions to your outline.
Use your outline to write a 4-paragraph, MLA-formatted essay of about 450-600 words. (Academic paragraphs need to be 7-12 well-developed sentences in length.)
Begin your essay with an introduction that introduces the newspaper articles. At the end of the introduction include a thesis sentence that introduces the points being compared/contrasted.
Sample thesis: While both newspaper articles discuss President Obama’s State of the Union Address, there are differences in the bias and sources cited in each article.
Write two body support paragraphs that each begin with a
topic sentence
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focused on a main point from the thesis.
End the essay with a conclusion that summarizes your points and gives final thoughts.
Include a MLA formatted Works Cited
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at the end of the essay.
Take time to proofread and revise
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your essay.
Submit your essay as a docx file.
Grading

Your essay will be graded using the Essay Grading Rubric
Your essay is worth 70 points toward your course grade. The essay should be 4 paragraphs (7-12 sentences each) in length. The final draft should be complete with no mechanical and grammatical errors. It should also be formatted according to MLA rules.

Rubric
Essay Grading Rubric
Essay Grading Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
MLA Formatting
(MLA Heading, Title, and Paging)

3.5 to >2.5 pts
Very Good (A)
Paper is properly formatted according to MLA requirements

2.5 to >2.0 pts
Good (B-C)
One MLA formatting requirement is not done correctly

2.0 to >0 pts
Needs Improvement
More than one MLA requirement is not done correctly

3.5 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Focus
(Thesis)

10.5 to >9.5 pts
Very Good (A)
Thesis is clear, fully developed, insightful and effectively responds to prompt

9.5 to >7.0 pts
Good (B-C)
Has a thesis that responds to the prompt, but it is vague or not fully developed

7.0 to >0 pts
Needs Improvement
Thesis does not respond to the prompt, is too general to provide a focus for the essay, or doesn’t exist

10.5 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Organization
(Topic sentences)

10.5 to >9.5 pts
Very Good (A)
Topic sentences are clearly written, fluent, and aligned with the main ideas related to the thesis, and those main ideas are presented in a logical order

9.5 to >7.0 pts
Good (B-C)
Topic sentences lack clarity and/or fluency, but are aligned with thesis and logically ordered

7.0 to >0 pts
Needs Improvement
Topic sentences are vague or non-existent

10.5 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Supporting Ideas

17.5 to >15.75 pts
Very Good (A)
Evidence and explanations are relevant, fluent and adequately support topic sentences

15.75 to >12.25 pts
Good (B-C)
Evidence and explanations are relevant but need further development

12.25 to >0 pts
Needs Improvment
Evidence and explanations are not all relevant or adequate

17.5 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Introduction

3.5 to >2.5 pts
Very Good (A)
Introduction grabs the reader and expresses ideas that lead into the thesis

2.5 to >2.0 pts
Good (B-C)
Introduction expresses ideas that lead into the thesis, but it lacks development

2.0 to >0.0 pts
Needs Improvement
Introduction is missing or lacks adequate development

0.0 pts
No Marks

3.5 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Conclusion

3.5 to >2.5 pts
Very Good (A)
Conclusion restates thesis idea and sums up body of essay, leaving the reader with a reflective thought

2.5 to >2.0 pts
Good (B-C)
Conclusion restates the thesis and sums up the body of the essay

2.0 to >0.0 pts
Needs Improvement
Conclusion is missing or lacks adequate development to bring the essay to a close

0.0 pts
No Marks

3.5 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
In-text Citations

7.0 to >6.3 pts
Very Good
Source ideas are properly cited within the text of the essay according to MLA rules

6.3 to >4.9 pts
Good (B-C)
Source ideas are evident, but have errors in MLA rules

4.9 to >0 pts
Needs Improvement
Source ideas are not cited

7.0 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Works Cited

7.0 to >6.3 pts
Very Good (A)
Sources are properly listed in a Works Cited, following MLA formatting rules

6.3 to >4.9 pts
Good (B-C)
Sources are listed, but some errors in formatting evident

4.9 to >0 pts
Needs Improvement
Sources improperly listed or Works Cited is missing

7.0 pts

 

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Grammar and Mechanics

7.0 to >6.3 pts
Very Good (A)
Writing has no major errors in sentence structure, spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation and indentation

6.3 to >4.9 pts
Good (B-C)
Writing has 1-3 major errors that interfere with clarity and fluency of ideas

4.9 to >0 pts
Needs Improvement
Writing has more than 3 major errors and/or is difficult to read

7.0 pts

 

Total Points: 70.0
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