Compare-Contrast Essay Thesis & Topic Sentence Examples

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Compare & Contrast Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

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Basic Thesis Statement There are many similarities and differences between apples and oranges . Better Thesis Statement 2. Apples and oranges are similar because they are both fruit, but they differ in color , texture , and nutritional value . Your thesis statement MUST include the 2 topics you will compare and contrast .

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Notice the “parallel structure” in this thesis statement (3 nouns – color, texture, value ) Apples and oranges are similar because they are both fruit, but they differ in color , texture , and nutritional value . Not parallel: Apples and oranges are similar because they are both fruit, but they differ in color , texture , and how much nutrition they contain .

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Basic Thesis Statement As vacation destinations, Alaska and Hawaii have some similarities and some differences. Better Thesis Statement 2. As vacation destinations, Alaska and Hawaii offer similar types of accommodations , but they differ greatly in their climate and natural beauty .

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Basic Thesis Statement Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants are similar in some ways, but they have two major differences. Better Thesis Statement 2. Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants have similar menus , but their atmospheres and prices set them apart.

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Notice the “parallel structure” in this thesis statement Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants have similar menus , but their atmospheres and prices set them apart . (3 S + V combinations)

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How would your topic sentences look for this essay? (Thesis Statement) Papa John's and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurants have similar menus , but their atmospheres and prices set them apart . S imilar to Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza, Papa John's menu offers many choices in fresh ingredients and toppings . (similarity) However , compared to Papa John's, Anthony's has an upscale atmosphere .  (difference #1) Unlike Anthony's, Papa John's prices are more reasonable for people on a budget.  (difference #2) Concluding paragraph – Summarize your main points & evaluate which thing is superior in which areas, or include a suggestion that people can make a choice based on their own preferences or needs. Notice the compare/contrast words in green

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Topic sentences must include: Topic - the 2 things you are comparing (Papa Johns & Anthony’s . ) Controlling idea - the point of comparison or contrast (ex. similar menus, different service, the same skills, opposite abilities, different cost, etc.) Don’t forget compare/contrast words and/or transition words in each topic sentence.

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