This interactive guide provides an introduction to the basic characteristics and resources that are typically used when students compose comparison and contrast essays. The Comparison and Contrast Guide includes an overview, definitions and examples. The Organizing a Paper section includes details on whole-to-whole (block), point-by-point, and similarities-to-differences structures. In addition, the Guide explains how graphic organizers are used for comparison and contrast, provides tips for using transitions between ideas in comparison and contrast essays, and includes a checklist, which matches an accompanying rubric .
In order to write a professional comparison essay it is vital to choose the corresponding essay organization. Two things chosen for the comparison should be organized in a certain plan that will reveal the similarities or the differences in the most detailed way. One other important thing is a strong thesis statement made about the two analyzed things or people. It is also necessary to keep in mind that a similarity or a difference should not be mentioned unless in can be proved. The comparison essay is not about suppositions but about facts only. All the similarities or differences presented must relate to the thesis statement.