Overview: Write an essay that compares or contrasts two separate things (well-known people/ideas/ places/times, things, experiences, events, etc.) Develop
a thesis, and then support this thesis in the body of the paper. You will only be comparing OR contrasting—not both. Comparing means looking for
similarities, while contrasting means looking for differences. If you utilize research, you must include in-text citations and a Works Cited page. (I’m choosing
to contrast High School to College)
Topic: Compare or contrast any two things that are not obvious or commonly covered; local and current themes are often the least covered and most
Research: This is not a research paper. You may use credible, scholarly sources if you choose. The sources may come from a website, journal, book, or the
CPCC online databases (like ProQuest or Opposing Viewpoints) or the CPCC library. You must include a correctly cited in-text citation and a Works Cited
page. You cannot use Wikipedia, Debate.org, ProCon.org, The Onion, or Daily Mail or any fake news web site. Please contact me for help if needed.
Plagiarism: Your essay will be automatically submitted to TurnItIn to check for plagiarism. Plagiarized essays will earn a grade of 0. Please review the
plagiarism policy as stated in the course syllabus.
Length: The essay must be 3 full pages minimum.
Format: Use MLA 8 format for title, heading, citations, and the works cited page. Your works cited page must be included but does NOT count as part of the
Word Choice: Use Third Person Point of View and a formal tone. Avoid using, slang, informal language, and contractions.
Do not use first person (I, me, my) or second person (you, your) pronouns.
Assessment: Your essay will directly reflect your capacity for critical thought and your ability to write for a college audience.
Grading: The final essay is worth 100 points.