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Checklist for a Compare and Contrast Essay

 
 

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Is the topic suitable for a comparison or contrast based on one principle?

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Have you emphasized either a comparison or a contrast?

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Is the purpose of the paper made clear in the introductory paragraph?

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Generally, is the same number of points made about each item being discussed?

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Are specific and relevant examples used for support?

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Are transitions used effectively but not overused?

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Is the paper written for a clear audience?

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Are all sentences grammatically correct?

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Is the punctuation and spelling correct?

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The purpose of the compare and contrast essay is to persuade, explain or inform, not just to list the differences and similarities. Is your thesis statement persuasive? Does it convey an attitude?

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Have you been selective in choosing the most significant, interesting and insightful points to support your thesis?

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Is your essay coherent and smooth?