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Posted by on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 2:22pm.

i need to make an essay about two stories
1st- the tell tale heart
2nd- the speckled band, sherlock holmes story
the only problem is the essay needs to be about what they have in common and what differences they have
and mix it into paragraphs any help?

  • Social studies - , Monday, February 11, 2008 at 2:34pm

    Here are some excellent sites for teaching you how to write comparison/contrast papers:

    http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/comparcontrast.html

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/comparison.htm

    http://www.nutsandboltsguide.com/arguments.htm
    Scroll down for Compare and Contrast.

    Be sure to let us know if you have further questions.

  • Social studies - , Monday, February 11, 2008 at 2:43pm

    More information for you --

    Whenever you are writing a comparison/contrast paper (paragraph, essay, research paper), you need to plan it out very carefully on paper first.

    Try this:

    1. Write all the information about one of your topics on one page.
    2. Write all the information about the other topic on another page.
    3. Then put them together in this order:

    1. Intro
    2. All about topic A
    ~~~2A. detail 1
    ~~~2B. detail 2
    ~~~2C. detail 3
    ~~~2D. detail 4
    ~~~2E. detail 5
    3. All about topic B
    ~~~3A. detail 1
    ~~~3B. detail 2
    ~~~3C. detail 3
    ~~~3D. detail 4
    ~~~3E. detail 5
    4. Concl.

    The number of details for each topic will vary depending on your main points. I would include comparisons (how they are similar) in the introduction and conclusion, but sections 2 and 3 and all those details will be stating and explaining how they are different.

    There are two recognized patterns for writing comparison/contrast papers. One is casually referred to as "zig-zag,” but can be very confusing for the reader if you don’t use transitions effectively. The other is topic-by-topic (which is what I've outlined above) and is much easier for the reader to follow.

    Once you have organized your information, please repost if you’d like feedback from someone here.

    =)

  • Social studies - , Monday, February 11, 2008 at 9:09pm

    thank so much

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