The Next Step: Organizing and Writing
In writing a compare and contrast essay, your thesis statement is very important. It can help you create a focused argument and help your reader not got lost in the many points of the essay. Your thesis should be detailed and specific.
There are many different ways to organize a compare and contrast essay. In a subject-by-subject essay, you can begin by saying what you have to say about the first subject you are discussing, then make all the points you want to make about the second subject. In a point-by-point essay, rather than addressing things one subject at a time, you may want to talk about one point of comparison at a time. Depending on the length of the essay, you can use either format and write a point of comparison and contrast in one paragraph, or write several paragraphs about a point.
Finally, to help your reader know where you are in the comparison and contrast, you should use transition words. When comparing things, you should use words such as similar to, also, similarly, in the same way, likewise, again, compared to, and in like manner. When contrasting things, you should words such as contrast, on the contrary, however, although, yet, even though, but, conversely, regardless, despite, and on the other hand.