Comparative Essay Topics Handout



Comparative Essay Draft Write a 750-1000 word essay about a pair of items in which the similarities and

differences of those items are compared and contrasted in the style described within Unit III. Please

note that the Comparative Essay Final will be due in Unit IV of this course. However, you should

complete the entire paper in this draft and do your best work as you will have more applicable feedback

from which to make changes to your essay for the final draft. Purpose: Throughout Unit III, we have

discussed the conventions of the comparative essay. The purpose of this assignment is to measure your

mastery of those conventions by putting your knowledge into practice. In a larger context, the purpose

of writing a comparative essay is to gain the skills of detecting similarities and differences between at

least two items and then using those similarities and differences to create knowledge about either one

or both of the items. In this way, the comparative essay is a tool used for both observation and analysis.

Process: For the comparative essay, you will complete the following steps: 1. Choose a pair of topics that

complement one another: See the suggested list of topics in the “Comparative Essay Topics Handout”

below in the supplemental documents portion of these instructions. 2. Create a list of similarities and

differences: See Unit III, Lesson 2, for more instruction about how to create a list. 3. Create a thesis

statement based on similarities, differences, or both similarities and differences: See Unit III, Lesson 3,

for more information about how to create a thesis statement. 4. Choose whether to organize your essay

by point or by subject: For an essay organized by point, see Unit III, Lesson 4, and the “Comparative

Essay Example: Essay Organized by Point” below. For an essay organized by subject, see Unit III, Lesson

5, and the “Comparative Essay Example: Essay Organized by Subject” below. 5. Consult the

“Comparative Essay: Final Self-Check List” below before submission. Stylistic details: All essays must

meet the following requirements:  750-1000 words.  Write in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.  Include

one-inch margins on all sides.  Use double spacing (top-to-bottom every page, to include above and

below titles and centered words).  Include an APA title page (for all essays) and reference list that

includes all of the sources used in the essay.  Include a header.  Include page numbers (upper-right

corner only).

EH 1010

Unit III: Comparative Essay

Comparative Essay Topics Handout

1. Cash vs. Credit

2. Fracking vs. Solar Power

3. Recycling vs. Landfill

4. Electric Cars vs. Hybrid Cars

5. Renting vs. Owning

6. Online Education vs. Traditional Education

7. Paper Bags vs. Plastic Bags

8. Friends vs. Family

9. Antique/Used vs. New

10. Offense vs. Defense

11. Marriage vs. Civil unions

12. Baseball vs. Football (comparison of other sports)

13. Vacation vs. Staycation (staying at home)

14. Childhood vs. Adulthood

15. Infatuation vs. Love

16. Talking vs. Texting

17. Parental Influence vs. Peer Influence

18. Toddlers vs. Teenagers

19. Rural Living vs. Urban Living

20. Eating Out vs. Eating at Home

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