Lighthearted topics for introducing compare and contrast essays
by Greta Greeb
Here's a light-hearted list for introductory compare and contrast exercises. These can be used to ease students into the compare and contrast writing process.
Caution: Some of these are regional. Stick to the familiar, even if it sounds like a Consumer Report.
- Quaker 3 Minute Oatmeal vs. Cheerios
- Kellogg's Cornflakes vs. Corn Pops
- Almond Hershey Bar vs. Almond Joy
- Molasses vs. corn syrup
- Maple syrup vs. corn syrup
- Granulated white sugar vs. table salt
- Chocolate 2% milk vs. skim white milk
- Cheap flip-flops vs. cheap sneakers
- Polo shirts vs. T-shirts
- Cowboy boots vs. snow boots
- Buttons vs. snaps
- Artificial Christmas tree vs. traditional cut Christmas tree
- dyed hard boiled egg vs. 2-piece plastic Easter egg
- Miniature golf vs. Par 3
- Merry go round vs. Ferris wheel
- Roller coaster vs. sliding board
Once the technique is learned, like learning the scales, you can throw in heavier content, and you can quickly be in thesis territory.ChemistryHistory
- George Washington vs. Thomas Jefferson
- Alexander Hamilton vs. Andrew Jackson
- Robert E. Lee vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Woodrow Wilson vs. Jimmy Carter
- Marie Antoinette vs. Lady Di
- Teddy Roosevelt vs. George W. Bush
- Winston Churchill vs. Sarkozy
(on the light side):
- Sherlock Holmes vs. Dr. Watson
- Tom Sawyer vs. Huck Finn
- Meg vs. Amy (Little Women)
- Your favorite character (or incident) in a book vs. its movieversion. (Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book, anyone?)
- Any Regency romance vs. any Jane Austen novel
- Any thriller vs. John Buchan's 39 Steps or its sequels
As a survivor of writing 500 word essays for class detention, I can promise any of these can make a 500 word essay within an hour.Linda responds
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