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Essay 2.5
Topic: Compare and Contrast: Alice in Wonderland

As we approach mid-semester, we all reach a point of burnout. I have been looking for a reason to show you all a movie or two this semester, and I think I finally found one.

This class primarily focuses on writing in response to text (the final exam, for example). Because of that, we aren’t really spending a lot of time developing any of the rhetorical modes of writing (narrative, description, compare/contrast, cause/effect, etc). However, one skill that I think can benefit all of you for the final exam and going into English 1 is knowing how to set up and write a compare and contrast essay.

Attached to this assignment handout, you will find the first 10 pages of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In class on Monday, March 14, we will watch approximately the first 20 minutes of the classic 1951 animated film, and the 2010 live-action movie versions of Alice in Wonderland.

Your task is to read the text provided, and, after watching the movies, write an essay in which you compare (look at similarities) and contrast (differences) the details of the texts. We will spend some time in class discussing compare/contrast writing and how to get started.

This essay will be a slightly different assignment from our others. There will not be a class workshop. While this is still a formal writing assignment, I’m kind of sneaking in one extra essay this semester to give us something “fun” to do amidst our other writing projects.

You should think about your thesis statement (what’s wrong with “there are many differences between…?”), and make sure that you have your opinion with a controlling idea, and not just a statement of fact. You should also think about using quotes from the reading sample (and movies if you can) to support your examples of the similarities and differences between the three texts. Refer to the handouts from Wednesday, March 9 on integrating quotes.

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