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the spanish, french, and the english all explored america and left a lasting mark on the new world's development. compare and contrast the colonbization methods used by each. be sure to discuss the goals, characteristics, and lasting effects of each power's methods.

any specific help would be appreciated...thanks

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    Rather than duplicate information you already know, I'll be glad to comment on and add to your thoughts.

    I suggest you start with three separate pages -- one for each nationality. Divide each of these pages into the three main topics you need to discuss.

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    I will do that. breaking it down might help clear things up. i have it, just having trouble getting in words. thank you.

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    This advice from Writeacher will also help you organize your paper.

    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.

    See http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/comparcontrast.html for further help with comparison/contrast writing.

  • American History -

    you are 100% an angel. this helps tons. love the outline. thank you

  • American History -

    Writeacher is great! :-)

    You're welcome from both of us.

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