Although, Apple IPAD and Microsoft Surface are innovations of tablets from the two top tech giants in the world aiming to create a next generation device, they do differ in the system software the use and also the attributes installed in this device.
Comparison/Contrast Assignment Overview
In your comparison/contrast essay, you will focus on showing the reader the differences between your two topics. Choose one of the sets of topics below and develop what makes those two topics different from one another. Your introduction should discuss the similarities between the two topics, define any terms, and provide any necessary context for your reader. Your body paragraphs will discuss the differences between the two topics, using either the point by point method or the block method.
The comparison/contrast essay is meant to challenge and hone your organizational skills. Choose the same supporting details to analyze your two topics and show the differences in how they interact with these details. You will need to explain your ideas, much like in the illustration/example essay by showing rather than telling the reader what you?re recognizing as differences between your two topics. Please note that, if you choose a topic that includes movies, books, or songs, you should not summarize information from the movies, books, or songs, but instead, assume that your reader has seen, read, or heard them. Only focus on the most relevant information to your analysis.
Two versions of the same song (Ex. Death Cab for Cutie?s ?I will Follow You Into the Dark? and Halsey & Yungblud?s cover of the same song)
A remake of the same movie (Ex. Disney?s cartoon ?Aladdin? and their 2019 live-action remake of the same movie)
Two of the same type of food from different cultures (Ex. Tex-Mex tacos and authentic Mexican tacos)
A book and movie version of the same concept (Ex. JK Rowling?s ?Harry Potter and the Sorcerer?s Stone? and WB?s ?Harry Potter and the Sorcerer?s Stone?)
Two rival kinds of technology (Ex. Apple iPads and Microsoft Surface, or Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4)
Driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission and driving a vehicle with a manual transmission
Working at two places that have a similar customer base and purpose (Ex. RaceTrac and QT or Publix and Kroger)
3 or more pages in length
2 outside sources to substantiate your ideas (one for each topic)
Must follow either the block method or the point-by-point method
Essay must have two supporting details per body paragraph
Use only third person in your essay
Proper MLA formatting for in-text citations and works cited page
Submit as a doc/docx file only
Please follow either the block method or the point-by-point method
Show similarities only in the introduction and conclusion?focus on difference in the body of the essay
Use the same supporting details for each point (ex. Driving an automatic & driving a manual transmission car?Point: speeding up [supporting detail 1?shifting gears]. Discuss how gears shift in each of the respective paragraphs, since each paragraph contains only one topic and one point)
Use detailed examples to show the difference between the two topics
Organizational Plans for Comparison/Contrast
When creating your comparison/contrast essay, you must follow one of the two plans listed below, in order to organize your thoughts in a manner that is easy for your reader to follow. No matter which organizational plan you?re following, make sure that each body paragraph contains only one topic and one point.
The block method organizes your ideas by subject. Each paragraph contains reference to one topic and one point. In the block method, your essay will include six paragraphs in total:
Body Paragraph 1: Topic 1, Point A
Body Paragraph 2: Topic 1, Point B
Body Paragraph 3: Topic 2, Point A
Body Paragraph 4: Topic 2, Point B
The point-by-point method organizes your ideas by point. Each paragraph contains reference to one topic and one point. In the point-by-point method, your essay will include six paragraphs in total:
Body Paragraph 1: Topic 1, Point A
Body Paragraph 2: Topic 2, Point A
Body Paragraph 3: Topic 1, Point B
Body Paragraph 4: Topic 2, Point B
Indicate your chosen topics and the write 2-3 sentences in which you identify similarities and differences between the two topics.
In your thesis statement for this essay, you must indicate your two topics (ex. Driving an automatic transmission vehicle and driving a manual transmission vehicle), the two points you will use to show the difference between the two (ex. Acceleration and Stopping), and an indication of comparison contrast. An example of a comparison/contrast thesis statement is: Although driving a car with an automatic transmission and a manual transmission is very similar, the difference in the two lies in methods of acceleration and stopping.
If you would like to use a template to create your thesis, you may use this one: Although [topic 1] and [topic 2] have similarities, they differ in terms of [point A] and [point B].
Outline & Conclusion (Optional, though highly recommended for this essay)
Choose an organizational method (block method or point-by-point method) to complete this assignment. Include your introduction and conclusion for this essay in this assignment as well, so that you can see how all of your information ties in together, once the outline is completed. Please develop each of the body paragraphs (each with one topic and one point) and each developing the same ideas that will, then, reflect the differences between the two topics. Each body paragraph should include at least two supporting details. Use the same concepts as discussed in regards to the illustration/example essay to develop the ideas presented in your body paragraphs.
Convert your outline (if you chose to complete one) into your draft assignment. DContinue to develop your ideas so that your essay is 3 pages in length, complies to all MLA formatting requirements and fully develops the differences between the two topics you?ve chosen using two points.
Please remember that if you choose to submit your work late (up to 12 hours, so by 11:59am the day after the deadline), you will receive a 10% penalty on your draft grade. You will also be unable to participate in peer review and will receive a 0 on that assignment.
Following the guidelines outlined in the YouTube video regarding peer reviews, the peer review guidelines PowerPoint, and the peer review questions document, please complete peer review for two of your peers? essays. These peer review groups will be emailed to you shortly after the deadline of the Comparison/Contrast essay draft assignment.
Using feedback from instructor comments, peer review, and your own understand from information delivered in our course, please revise your essay draft and submit a substantially revised final draft of your essay. Please note that you must complete substantial revision for all final drafts, otherwise you will earn 10% lower than the grade you earned on your essay draft assignment.
Rubric Found on Next Page
Full Credit Half Credit No Credit
Content (25%) Essay fully complies with assignment requirements
Essay chooses a topic from one of those listed in the assignment requirements document or an otherwise approved topic
Essay develops ideas, showing the reader the differences between the two topics chosen
Essay complies with most assignment requirements
Essay chooses a topic from the assignment requirements document or an otherwise approved document
Essay develops ideas somewhat, showing the reader differences between the two topics chosen Essay does not comply with assignment requirements
Essay chooses a topic not listed in the assignment requirements document or is unapproved
Essay ideas are not developed
Evidence (25%) Essay includes two outside sources, one for each topic
Each time an outside source is used, the essay includes an in-text citation
The essay uses detailed evidence to clearly show the reader the differences between the two topics Essay includes two outside sources, one for each topic
Each time an outside source is used, the essay includes and in-text citation
The essay uses sufficient detail to show the reader the difference between the two topics Essay includes 1 or fewer outside sources
The essay does not consistently use in-text citations
The amount of detail used to show evidence is insufficient
Organization (25%) The thesis statement is clearly articulated and includes all of the necessary elements listed in the above document
Topic sentences clearly relate back to the thesis, showing the reader which topic and point the paragraph will discuss
The essay expertly employs either the block method or the point-by-point method.
The chosen organizational method flows logically for the reader. The thesis statement needs further development but includes most of the necessary elements listed in the above document
Topic sentences need to more clearly relate back to the thesis
It is sometimes unclear which topic and point combination will be discussed in a paragraph
The essay attempts to employ either the block method or the point-by-point method Thesis statement not present or extremely unclear
Topic sentences do not clearly relate back to the thesis statement
Essay does not follow the block method or the point by point method
Delivery (15%) Essay expertly varies sentence structure, uses proper grammar and mechanics, and uses varied word choices to engage the reader through delivery Essay attempts to vary sentence structure, uses proper grammar at times, and tries to vary word choice but the delivery is very static Sentence structure is repetitive, grammar makes the essay difficult to follow, word choice is repetitive
MLA Formatting (10%) Essay follows MLA formatting for paper formatting, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page Essay complies with most MLA formatting requirements regarding paper formatting, in-text citation, and the Works Cited page Essay does not attempt to comply with MLA formatting requirements