Ms. Bondra's 5th Grade Class

Compare and Contrast Essay


Compare and Contrast Writing

You will be writing a compare and contrast essay for your next writing assignment! 

Requirements for this Essay
*Choose an invertebrate and vertebrate that you would like to learn more about and ultimately write about during this writing assignment.
*Write an attention grabbing introduction paragraph that introduces your two topics.
*Compare and contrast corresponding details for each subject. For example: wind speed in a hurricane and tornado using any of the three formats we discussed in class.
*Use topic sentences to state your main idea in each paragraph.
*Use transitional words to compare and contrast.
*Write an ending that sums up you main ideas.
*Your essay should be at least four paragraphs long including an introduction and conclusion paragraph. 
*You will be conducting research about your two topics. You will create a work cited page that lists the sources that you took information from.
*Your essay should be double spaced and include a title page.
*The graphic organizer, rough draft, and final draft should be handed in together on the final due date.
*Have fun and be creative.

Tools for Writing 
Compare and Contrast Guide
Venn Diagram
Compare and Contrast Map

Comparison and Contrast Rubric

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Purpose & Supporting Details

The paper compares and contrasts items clearly. The paper points to specific examples to illustrate the comparison. The paper includes only the information relevant to the comparison.

The paper compares and contrasts items clearly, but the supporting information is general. The paper includes only the information relevant to the comparison.

The paper compares and contrasts items clearly, but the supporting information is incomplete. The paper may include information that is not relevant to the comparison.

The paper compares or contrasts, but does not include both. There is no supporting information or support is incomplete.

Organization & Structure

The paper breaks the information into whole-to-whole, similarities -to-differences, or point-by-point structure. It follows a consistent order when discussing the comparison.

The paper breaks the information into whole-to-whole, similarities -to-differences, or point-by-point structure but does not follow a consistent order when discussing the comparison.

The paper breaks the information into whole-to-whole, similarities -to-differences, or point-by-point structure, but some information is in the wrong section. Some details are not in a logical or expected order, and this distracts the reader.

Many details are not in a logical or expected order. There is little sense that the writing is organized.

Transitions

The paper moves smoothly from one idea to the next. The paper uses comparison and contrast transition words to show relationships between ideas. The paper uses a variety of sentence structures and transitions.

The paper moves from one idea to the next, but there is little variety. The paper uses comparison and contrast transition words to show relationships between ideas.

Some transitions work well; but connections between other ideas are fuzzy.

The transitions between ideas are unclear or nonexistent.

Grammar & Spelling (Conventions)

Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.

Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.



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