Put those mediocre B-minus essays on the trash pile and level up to A-plus quality. Hopefully, with a little bit of guidance, you can successfully transition from a good writer, to a fantastic one. So put a bit of thinking into your projects, work a little harder, and don’t be afraid to try a few new strategies to turn your essay into a piece that will impress your teacher.
A comparative essay will look at the similarities and differences between two topics. For this paper you will compare and contrast the many aspects of China and Japan. You will want to start off by giving some background information on both places and then go into explaining the similarities and differences.
You have two ways to set up this paper. You can use the body paragraphs to either explain the similarities with each paragraph having its own paragraph. Or you can use two paragraphs in the body and list all of the similarities in one paragraphs and all of the differences in the other.
You will want to start by brainstorming. This is where you will write down any and everything that you already know about either topic.
You will then read anything and everything that you can get your hands on about a subject. It will start to give ideas of what to discuss. You can take notes and try to find the same information for each one.
You can start your introduction by writing a little blurb on the background on each country. You should write about anything that you can think of that may be important for understanding the rest of the paper.
You should create a chart that accumulates all of the similarities and differences between the two. You aren’t going to be able to write an entire paragraph comparing the population unless you talk about what percentage of the people are of native descent or the age distribution of the population or gender information.
An outline is a plan. You want to be able to create a plan on how you want to present the information that you created. You would want to choose what order you will want to present the information to make the most sense.
Add transitional phrases and fill in your outline until you believe that your paper is fully written. You will have transitions between the different ideas, a conclusion and introduction, you have explained all of your main points. At this stage, the only thing that is left over is to edit your paper so that it does what you wanted it to do.
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