ComparisonOur teacher gave us a homework of comparison. She said that we will write a comparison betwen any two things, on any topic. But we shall paste the article of reference on our copy. Please...


Our teacher gave us a homework of comparison. She said that we will write a comparison betwen any two things, on any topic. But we shall paste the article of reference on our copy. Please help me about the topic and reference article.

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litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is important for assignments to be relevant to you as a learner, so try to choose something that is useful to you. Maybe you are considering buying a product. You could choose two different brands of a product and compare those using consumer reports to decide the best one. For example, there might be two different brands of digital cameras or laptop computers that you might be interested in researching to determine what is the best value. Turn this assignment into something that is going to benefit you beyond learning how to research and properly cite sources.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Along the same lines as that of Post #4, why not compare/contrast the independent candidates who have run for the presidency against the traditional party men.

In the 1980s for instance, Ross Perot made a strong stand as an independent. Now Ron Paul is also coming on strong.  These candidates strike at the issues without partisan bias as do the Democratic or Republican candidates.  Perhaps you would be interested in examining how these independents measure against the powerful parties of the US political system.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sometimes when an assignment allows a great deal of leeway, it is tougher to make your choices. Such may be the case with your comparison of "any two things." I would try and choose topics of interest to you so that you will have a better understanding of them. You might choose a couple hobbies that you pursue, or two books you have read, or two games or TV shows that you enjoy. As for the required pasting of the reference, your teacher will probably want to check to see that you don't plagiarize too much.

pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You may want think about comparing and contrasting two places - are there places you have been that are very different from home, or places that you would like to visit someday? You will find lots of online articels on various travel destinations. You could compare the climate, the culture, the food, and the lifestyle with where you live now.

I agree with #2, the assignment is so broad that it's difficult. For the two things, choose one that you are already familiar with and go from there.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You have been given a very broad possible basis for designing your comparison. If you are unsure of your abilities in writing this, find some items to compare that you know very well and with which you are very familiar. Compare two of your favorite foods(compare nutritional values, calories), two sports that you enjoy (team or individual, type of equipment needed), two of your favorite musicians (type of music, frequently used instrumentation, symbolism of lyrics).

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you are an able student who likes to stretch your academic abilities, essay writing skills etc and learn something new at the same time, you could use the homework assignment as a learning opportunity for yourself. You could try learning and writing about something mature and thought-provoking - say politics for example. You could research your topic (eg Republicans compared to Democrats) and cite a very respected source, whilst including your own ideas.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous advice is very good.  I'm a little confused by the following sentence in your question: "But we shall paste the article of reference on our copy." Does this mean that your teacher wants you to provide a complete copy of a source (or sources) from which you quote?  Is there any way that you can give us the teacher's exact written instructions?  If you can do that, we may be in a better position to give you advice.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it is important, as other editors have indicated, that you choose a topic or two articles that contain a theme or an issue that you are interested in and already take a definite "side" on. This will help you as it is always easier to write about something you are interested in and have thought through your own opinions on.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It sounds like once you have your topic you also need to do some research on your topic. Your teacher wants the actual research article attached to your essay because he or she wants to see how you accomplished the task the incorporating outside sources without plagiarism. Be sure that you use an appropriate citation method!