Ideas for Writing Comparisons and Contrasts
I like to use a Venn diagram to lay out my ideas before I write a compare-contrast piece. Place the opposing topic. one on either side, the outer spaces of the circles. Place the way they are alike in the area where the two circles intersect.
Here’s as example of how to setup the Venn diagram:
Before or During Sunrise VS During or After Sunset
Other general topics to get you thinking. Add detail words to limit the topic [largest (animals)] – [smallest (animals)]
largest-smallest most treasured-least appreciated summer-winter
easy-difficult heroic-senseless bright-dark
family-friends memorable- forgettable brothers-sisters