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The essay must be at least 1,000 words in length. If you go
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The document requirements: 

  • Length: 
  • The essay must be at least 1,000 words in length. If you go beyond 1,400 words, you should revise.
  •  Page Set-up: See the “Paper Format Guidelines” handout.
  • Set 1” margins on all sides.
  • Double-space all text
  • Heading: upper left corner of page one. No title page or cover sheet
  • Header (page number): top right of every page; one-half inch below the top edge of the paper.
  • Typeface: Times New Roman.
  • Font size: 12 point. Purpose:
  • The purpose of this essay is comparison-contrast, to explain similarities and differences between subjects in an objective manner.
  • Make the information the focus of the essay, not your opinions, thoughts, insights, or feelings. Subject:
  • Your essay should primarily compare and contrast your subjects. 
  • Comparison means explaining common characteristics between subjects.
  • Contrast means explaining differing characteristics between subjects.
  • The subject must come from your first-hand knowledge and experience of the subject.No other source material may be used to write this essay. This includes friends, family, magazine articles, books, and material from the Internet. Borrowed material, even if it is put in your own words, should not be used. Any material that is not your own ideas will be considered plagiarism, resulting in a zero for the assignment and automatic failure of the course (see syllabus). Audience:
  • See “Questions about audience” p. 20-21 in The Little, Brown Handbook. Tone:
  • Keep your tone objective. Avoid making value judgments. Your purpose is to inform, not persuade.
  • Use first person to write this essay (no general “you” references).
  • Use Standard American English. Use regional words, slang, colloquial language, neologisms,technical language, and euphemisms only if appropriate. See Ch. 37 in The Little, Brown Handbook.
  • Avoid nonstandard dialect, double talk, pretentious writing, and biased language. See Ch. 37 in The Little, Brown Handbook.
  • Define all unfamiliar terms.
  • Subjects should share some obvious characteristics.
  • Be concise. Avoid unnecessary repetition. See Ch. 39 in The Little, Brown Handbook. Step 2— PLAN AND DEVELOP Discover ideas:
  • Use the journalistic questions—who, what, when, where, why, and how—to develop your ideas       and answer the reader’s questions.
  • Emphasize how your readers can benefit from the information.
  • Make your coverage of the subject comprehensive and accurate.
  • Use narrative, description, examples, and definition to give the reader a vivid picture of your comparisons and contrasts and create human interest. Thesis:
  • Present your information based on a thesis that is specifically and carefully worded.
  • Read the “Checklist for revising the thesis statement” p. 40 in The Little, Brown Handbook. Outline:
  • Use a tool to organize your essay logically. See pp. 43-50 in The Little, Brown Handbook.
  • Your organization will be determined by the thesis.See the handout “Thesis and Outline for the Comparison-Contrast Essay.” Step 3—DRAFT 
  • Turn off your critical voice, and write the first draft all the way through. Step 4—REVISE 
  • Read your essay out loud. It is easier to catch mistakes this way. 
  • Review the “Checklist for revision” p. 61 of The Little, Brown Handbook.
  • Note any questions or corrections in the essay's margins.
  • Submit your draft to the “Draft of the Comparison-Contrast Essay” dropbox 
  • Using the feedback from me, rewrite your essay and make needed changes. You will need to write several drafts to sufficiently develop your ideas. This is part of the process of writing. Step 5—EDIT AND PROOFREAD 
  • Use “Ways to find what needs editing” and “Checklist for editing” pp. 68-69 in The Little, Brown       Handbook.
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.
  • Use the spell check and grammar check on the commuter.
  • Check for words that are spelled correctly but misused, such as their and there. See. pp. 554-555.
  • Type a final draft.
  • Proofread carefully and correct mistakes in typing.
  • Make sure your essay conforms to the document requirements.
  • Save your essay on at least two devices (home computer, your JWCC X: drive, and/or a USB 
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