Compare & Contrast Essay: Definition, Topics & Examples


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What does compare mean in a compare and contrast essay?

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1. Which organizational tool will be most helpful for a student writing a compare and contrast essay?

2. Jenny is writing a compare and contrast essay about the health benefits of coffee and tea. She is trying to determine whether to include the fact that the color of coffee is black, but tea can be colored black or green. What should she use to make this decision?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this handy quiz/worksheet combo to check your understanding of compare and contrast essays. It will ask questions about the vocabulary and methods surrounding writing an effective compare and contrast essay.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will need to familiarize themselves with these terms and concepts to be successful on the quiz/worksheet:

  • Define compare
  • Define contrast
  • Organizational tools for writing essays
  • Considerations when writing compare and contrast essays

Skills Practiced

Those who take this quiz/worksheet will be practicing the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read the lesson on compare and contrast essays and pull out the most essential information
  • Defining key concepts - accurately define words and phrases such as thesis statement and compare and contrast essays
  • Information recall - use your knowledge of relevance to identify examples where and how it is being used
  • Knowledge application - answer questions about Venn diagrams and how they are used

Additional Learning

For more information, students should take a look at the accompanying lesson plan Compare and Contrast Essays. It will help you meet the following goals and objectives:

  • Define what compare and contrast essay is used for
  • Understand what these essays CANNOT do
  • Learn about the thesis statement
  • Determine what to do if you don't know anything about your subject
  • Identify famous compare and contrast works