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I'm writing a compare & contrast essay on prejudices (other than racism). Just need...

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mamashuerta72 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM via web

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I'm writing a compare & contrast essay on prejudices (other than racism). Just need ideas to start it and how to format given I have never written one before.

I'm not asking for a written paper; just an idea of how to start and format. Thank You

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM (Answer #1)

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A good compare and contrast essay examines two, or more, somewhat similar ideas or objects. The ideas or objects need to be similar enough for the writer to make concrete similarities understandable for the reader. For example, one cannot compare and contrast an apple and their favorite singer. While the essayist may like both, they are not similar enough to construct a solid paper around them.

That being said, good compare and contrast ideas are:

1. Prejudices of the lower class and upper class.

2. Prejudices of gender stereotypes.

3. Prejudices of men and women in the workplace.

4. Prejudices of differing cultures (does not have to be racial- you can examine Southern cultures with Northern cultures).

As for the formatting, I am assuming that you will be using MLA or Chicago Manual of Style. The best site that I have ever found, I always point my own students in this direction, is the Writing Lab at Purdue University. You can find the link below.

Compare and contrast essays can be written in either Block Format or Point-By Point format.

The Block format looks at one "object" first in completion and then the other. Here is an outline of Block Format:

I. Introduction

II. The East Coast

A. The Climate

B. The Activities

C. The Culture

III. The West Coast

A. The Climate

B. The Activities

C. The Culture

IV. Conclusion

The Point-By-Point alternates each. Here is an example of this format:

I. Introduction

II. West and East Coast Climate

III. West and East Coast Activities

IV. West and East Coast Culture

V. Conclusion

 

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bla603 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM (Answer #2)

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upper or lower class

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