Comparative Essay

Topics: Writing, Essay, Logic Pages: 7 (1073 words) Published: March 18, 2013
Unit 2: Comparative Essay Writing Summative Task

Task: Select a particular idea or theme and/or an aspect of form and style and analyse the way it or they is/are depicted in Archibald Lampman’s poem, “In November” and one other poem. You may use: William Wordsworth’s “The World is too much With Us”, Robert Frost’s “Dust of Snow”

E.J Pratt’s "A November Landscape"
Mary Soutar-Hynes – “For Writers Whose Work I Have Loved” In completing the assignment, be sure to follow the steps listed below: ➢ Read the assigned poems and complete the after reading activities. ➢ After looking through the pairs of poems, choose a pair that shares a common subject, form or style. ➢ Complete a detailed outline. Include in your outline: ➢ Your thesis (the argument you plan to explicate in your essay) ➢ A map for each body paragraph – your topic sentence, your main points and the evidence you plan to use ➢ In lieu of a conference, submit your outline for me to check ➢ Make the necessary changes if any and begin drafting the essay. ➢ Write, edit, and then publish your essay.


❑ Use the 3rd person voice and formal, Standard English.

❑ Present a clear and strongly worded thesis, and then defend (prove) that thesis by examining specific evidence from the poems. This evidence must take the form of specific examples and direct quotations.

❑ The length of this essay should be 1200 - 1500 words.

❑ Use 2.0 line spacing, 12 point font, and Times New Roman style.

❑ On your first page, write your name, teacher’s name, course, due date.

❑ Include properly formatted in-text citations after each specific example and quotation, and attach a List of Works Cited as the final page of your essay.

❑ Include your peer edited rough draft with the final product. You may use the following guideline:

1. Begin by introducing the topic. In doing so,
a. Name the authors and names of the poems
b. Provide a very brief summary of the poems and describe the subject they have in common c. Relate some aspect of the subject to the element you have chosen to discuss d. Write a thesis statement

e. Indicate the way you plan to develop your argument

2. For each body paragraph (2- 7)
A. Point: Make your point
a. Describe the specific element of the poems on which you plan to focus. Discuss how both poems compare and contrast one of these elements. If your entire essay will examine only one element, then each body paragraph would analyze one aspect of this element.

B. Example
a. Provide a quotation, paraphrase or description from the poem to show these comparisons and contrasts. i. For each comparison/contrast remember to use transitional words that demonstrate these comparisons/contrasts. For example use cue words like, like, in comparison to, similar to, both, also, too and as well. To show differences use words like; however, on the other hand, in contrast, differs from and while. C. Explanation

a. Analyze the particular element. Show how this element is developed or how it works. Interpret the relationship between your examples from the texts and the points you made.

D. Link
Show the link between the points, your examples and explanation and your overall thesis. How do your examples help prove your point or to help unfold the meaning you want to convey.

E. Conclusion
• Reiterate your thesis.
• Restate your key evidence briefly.
• Suggest some way that the texts you selected are related to human existence.

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