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Kel Bachus

Kel Bachus , Published author of SF/F. Decent reviews, depending. Mostly. Usually.

Thesis statements can be difficult, but the good news here is you already have the form your statement is going to take.

Lets pretend youre going to do a compare and contrast about cats and dogs.

First thing you do is figure out the essential qualities of each. They have some things in common, right?  Dogs and cats are generally furry, those horrible furless cats notwithstanding. They have four legs, theyre domestic pets, and in general they are happy to receive food, treats and affection.  However it is a proven fact that cats steal babies souls at night, and often sit staring at their owners while they sleep, waiting for them to die so they can feast on their corpses.

Dogs on the other hand exist solely for their owners pleasure, to the point where a dog without an owner will sometimes just sit staring at a wall, helpless without someone to tell it what to do. Dogs will also sit watching their owners sleep but only because a dog ceases to exist, existentially, until the owner wakes up again.

And so on.  Once youve collected all these observations and can cite proof (in 2014, seventeen documented cases of cats eating their owners corpses were reported to the Department of Ridiculous Statistics (DRS 2014, 22-24)), then youre going to sum up what your base assumption is given everything youve collected.

"While dogs and cats appear to have many things in common as household pets, dogs codependent traits make them useless animals motivated only by being owned, while cats demonstrate evilly sociopathic tendencies and are clearly in league with Satan."

In other words, your thesis should demonstrate what youre saying the key difference is between the two things, and also call out the key characteristics of both those things that you will unpack in the essay, that prove that difference.

Pro tip:  practice speaking in thesis statements. Be aware that "are" is hard to prove, but "shows" "demonstrates" "indicates" are easy to prove. "Mom, you should let me take the car tonight because Ive been responsible with it, driving conditions tonight are safe, and I can pick up groceries when Im out."

Thats a thesis statement, which you can go on to explain, or not. You could talk about your prior responsible behavior, how great the weather is and how there arent many cars out, and how utterly the fridge is barren.

As you practice these silly theses, you will get better and better at writing them. Compare and contrast your favorite actors.  "Listen, Channing Tatum is hot and all, but George Clooney is one grounded, seasoned and poised motherfr. Id take Clooney over Tatum anytime."  Right there?  That was a compare and contrast thesis.

Speak them, hear them, refine them, use them.

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Vincent Perry

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The first step in developing a thesis that contains purpose and meaning is to decide on the direction of comparison. For example, the topic of online college courses versus on-site college courses is too broad and can contain more opinions than facts. If the question is narrowed down to a more specific and relevant direction and purpose is created for a target audience.

After developing the purpose, you can compare the chosen subjects. A graphic organizer like a Venn Diagram in which similarities are placed within the overlapping section of two circles and differences go in the outer sections is effective for analyzing the characteristics of the two types of learning. A conclusion is then reached following analysis of the two subjects.

The language of a compare and contrast thesis usually begins with a conditional word, like although or whereas, then expresses the outcome of the comparison. For example, Although the advantages of on-site college courses benefit students living on campus, online courses provide returning adult learners with more flexibility and cost savings.

The usual place readers expect to find thesis statements in a compare and contrast essay is the last sentence of the introduction. Preceding background material should logically lead up to the thesis, which then provides the reader with a revelation that is both reasonable and arguable.

Julie Schuster Nondorf

Julie Schuster Nondorf , BA English & Communication, University of Wisconsin – Parkside (1999)

Originally Answered: How do I write a thesis driven compare and contrast essay?

Here are a few simple steps for writing a basic compare and contrast essay.

You first must find things that are alike (compare) and different (contrast) about your subject matter. You can find things that stand out to you by brainstorming, using a graphic organizer, using a list, or reviewing the material. At this point there is no specific “right” or “wrong” answer—only answers that are “strong” and “weak.” Strong answers are those that can be well-supported with “evidence” that you can “cite” from the test or other, outside sources.

Then, come up with your thesis—this is a supportable, (at least) three-part statement that will act as the driver in your essay in a couple of different ways. One, it will help you stay on track as you write; two, it will act as a road-map for your reader as they move through the essay. Here is a sample thesis comparing and contrasting two employees:

“Bill and Maria share similarities and differences in the ways they communicate, deal with people, and source employees.”

So the subject of the essay are these two people, Bill and Maria. The things about them that I am going to compare and contrast are—in order of least important to most important—the ways they communicate, the ways they deal with people, and the ways they source employees.

It’s okay to find, as you write, that one idea is stronger or more important than another. If that happens, just move the parts of your thesis around when you revise. Remember: the thesis is there to act as roadmap for the reader so they know where the essay is headed. That is how the thesis drives the essay.

Good luck!

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Eva Stains

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A compare and contrast essay is used to examine similarities and differences between two places, people or ideas. Writing compare and contrast essays helps to understand the two items in a new light.

Thesis Statements

In the first example below apples and oranges are the two topics being compared. Where they are grown and how they are used are the two points of comparison. In the following examples taste, smell, and texture are the points of comparison.

Note that a compare and contrast thesis statement can have two sentences. The first one with the two topics and the second one with the points of comparison.

  • Apples and oranges are different (similar) in two fundamental ways; where they are grown and how they are used.
  • Apples and oranges differ in three ways. They have unique tastes, smells, and textures.
  • Apples and oranges have both similarities and differences. While they are grown and used in similar ways, they are distinct in taste, smell, and texture.
  • While apples and oranges are similar in where they are grown and how they are used, they differ in taste and texture.

Organization

A compare and contrast essay is generally organized in two ways. We can use the point-by-point method, or we can use the block method.

Thesis Statement: Apples and oranges are different in two fundamental ways; where they are grown and how they are used.

Hope this example was helpful for you.

Stacy Gurley

Stacy Gurley

In compare and contrast essay, your thesis must address the comparison.Your thesis (and essay) should stay within the parameters of the question or prompt. Your thesis should state an opinion. Be bold.  Do not merely restate the question or one of its assumptions. To argue a point, you must first of all have one. Your thesis should state an opinion. Be bold.  Do not merely restate the question or one of its assumptions. To argue a point, you must first of all have one.

The writing ability would be different for different students.  It would be based on ones skill in writing. There are different stages of preparing the essay such as researching and all. If it is tough to prepare, prior to begin writing the essay you can go through the tips, techniques and samples prepared by the essay experts. You can get samples from the professionals too who are employees of essay writing services . By going through the tips, sample works etc you can get the idea of preparing the proper work with a good thesis.

David Helper

David Helper , never give up learning

Could you please share with the topic of your essay? I want to tell you that it is a long process. To get the information, to order it right, to follow the structure and open the topic. That requires much time and much effort. So, there is one easy way how to solve this problem. if I were you, I would recommend you to order your work at "Marvelous Essay". They guarantee free plagiarism work for the affordable price.

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Kel Bachus

Kel Bachus , Published author of SF/F. Decent reviews, depending. Mostly. Usually.

Thesis statements can be difficult, but the good news here is you already have the form your statement is going to take.

Lets pretend youre going to do a compare and contrast about cats and dogs.

First thing you do is figure out the essential qualities of each. They have some things in common, right?  Dogs and cats are generally furry, those horrible furless cats notwithstanding. They have four legs, theyre domestic pets, and in general they are happy to receive food, treats and affection.  However it is a proven fact that cats steal babies souls at night, and often sit staring at their owners while they sleep, waiting for them to die so they can feast on their corpses.

Dogs on the other hand exist solely for their owners pleasure, to the point where a dog without an owner will sometimes just sit staring at a wall, helpless without someone to tell it what to do. Dogs will also sit watching their owners sleep but only because a dog ceases to exist, existentially, until the owner wakes up again.

And so on.  Once youve collected all these observations and can cite proof (in 2014, seventeen documented cases of cats eating their owners corpses were reported to the Department of Ridiculous Statistics (DRS 2014, 22-24)), then youre going to sum up what your base assumption is given everything youve collected.

"While dogs and cats appear to have many things in common as household pets, dogs codependent traits make them useless animals motivated only by being owned, while cats demonstrate evilly sociopathic tendencies and are clearly in league with Satan."

In other words, your thesis should demonstrate what youre saying the key difference is between the two things, and also call out the key characteristics of both those things that you will unpack in the essay, that prove that difference.

Pro tip:  practice speaking in thesis statements. Be aware that "are" is hard to prove, but "shows" "demonstrates" "indicates" are easy to prove. "Mom, you should let me take the car tonight because Ive been responsible with it, driving conditions tonight are safe, and I can pick up groceries when Im out."

Thats a thesis statement, which you can go on to explain, or not. You could talk about your prior responsible behavior, how great the weather is and how there arent many cars out, and how utterly the fridge is barren.

As you practice these silly theses, you will get better and better at writing them. Compare and contrast your favorite actors.  "Listen, Channing Tatum is hot and all, but George Clooney is one grounded, seasoned and poised motherfr. Id take Clooney over Tatum anytime."  Right there?  That was a compare and contrast thesis.

Speak them, hear them, refine them, use them.

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Vincent Perry

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The first step in developing a thesis that contains purpose and meaning is to decide on the direction of comparison. For example, the topic of online college courses versus on-site college courses is too broad and can contain more opinions than facts. If the question is narrowed down to a more specific and relevant direction and purpose is created for a target audience.

After developing the purpose, you can compare the chosen subjects. A graphic organizer like a Venn Diagram in which similarities are placed within the overlapping section of two circles and differences go in the outer sections is effective for analyzing the characteristics of the two types of learning. A conclusion is then reached following analysis of the two subjects.

The language of a compare and contrast thesis usually begins with a conditional word, like although or whereas, then expresses the outcome of the comparison. For example, Although the advantages of on-site college courses benefit students living on campus, online courses provide returning adult learners with more flexibility and cost savings.

The usual place readers expect to find thesis statements in a compare and contrast essay is the last sentence of the introduction. Preceding background material should logically lead up to the thesis, which then provides the reader with a revelation that is both reasonable and arguable.

Julie Schuster Nondorf

Julie Schuster Nondorf , BA English & Communication, University of Wisconsin – Parkside (1999)

Originally Answered: How do I write a thesis driven compare and contrast essay?

Here are a few simple steps for writing a basic compare and contrast essay.

You first must find things that are alike (compare) and different (contrast) about your subject matter. You can find things that stand out to you by brainstorming, using a graphic organizer, using a list, or reviewing the material. At this point there is no specific “right” or “wrong” answer—only answers that are “strong” and “weak.” Strong answers are those that can be well-supported with “evidence” that you can “cite” from the test or other, outside sources.

Then, come up with your thesis—this is a supportable, (at least) three-part statement that will act as the driver in your essay in a couple of different ways. One, it will help you stay on track as you write; two, it will act as a road-map for your reader as they move through the essay. Here is a sample thesis comparing and contrasting two employees:

“Bill and Maria share similarities and differences in the ways they communicate, deal with people, and source employees.”

So the subject of the essay are these two people, Bill and Maria. The things about them that I am going to compare and contrast are—in order of least important to most important—the ways they communicate, the ways they deal with people, and the ways they source employees.

It’s okay to find, as you write, that one idea is stronger or more important than another. If that happens, just move the parts of your thesis around when you revise. Remember: the thesis is there to act as roadmap for the reader so they know where the essay is headed. That is how the thesis drives the essay.

Good luck!

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Eva Stains

Eva Stains

A compare and contrast essay is used to examine similarities and differences between two places, people or ideas. Writing compare and contrast essays helps to understand the two items in a new light.

Thesis Statements

In the first example below apples and oranges are the two topics being compared. Where they are grown and how they are used are the two points of comparison. In the following examples taste, smell, and texture are the points of comparison.

Note that a compare and contrast thesis statement can have two sentences. The first one with the two topics and the second one with the points of comparison.

  • Apples and oranges are different (similar) in two fundamental ways; where they are grown and how they are used.
  • Apples and oranges differ in three ways. They have unique tastes, smells, and textures.
  • Apples and oranges have both similarities and differences. While they are grown and used in similar ways, they are distinct in taste, smell, and texture.
  • While apples and oranges are similar in where they are grown and how they are used, they differ in taste and texture.

Organization

A compare and contrast essay is generally organized in two ways. We can use the point-by-point method, or we can use the block method.

Thesis Statement: Apples and oranges are different in two fundamental ways; where they are grown and how they are used.

Hope this example was helpful for you.

Stacy Gurley

Stacy Gurley

In compare and contrast essay, your thesis must address the comparison.Your thesis (and essay) should stay within the parameters of the question or prompt. Your thesis should state an opinion. Be bold.  Do not merely restate the question or one of its assumptions. To argue a point, you must first of all have one. Your thesis should state an opinion. Be bold.  Do not merely restate the question or one of its assumptions. To argue a point, you must first of all have one.

The writing ability would be different for different students.  It would be based on ones skill in writing. There are different stages of preparing the essay such as researching and all. If it is tough to prepare, prior to begin writing the essay you can go through the tips, techniques and samples prepared by the essay experts. You can get samples from the professionals too who are employees of essay writing services . By going through the tips, sample works etc you can get the idea of preparing the proper work with a good thesis.

David Helper

David Helper , never give up learning

Could you please share with the topic of your essay? I want to tell you that it is a long process. To get the information, to order it right, to follow the structure and open the topic. That requires much time and much effort. So, there is one easy way how to solve this problem. if I were you, I would recommend you to order your work at "Marvelous Essay". They guarantee free plagiarism work for the affordable price.