Core 110: Effective Writing
Comparison and Contrast
1. journal entry: In your journal, use one of the brainstorming techniques we
discussed to come up with a topic.
This will serve as one of your journal entries for the week.
It is a required entry.
2. Decide if you will compare the subjects
or contrast the subjects.
3. Choose method of development: point-by-point
4. On a sheet of paper, write the answers
to steps one, two, and three. On
that same sheet of paper, create an outline.
Although the outline can be formal or informal, keep in mind that
I expect it to be detailed and complete.
Don't be afraid to stray from the outline when writing your draft.
An outline is only a plan and writing is about discovery.
5. Write your first draft.
6. Write a paragraph outline on a clean
sheet of paper. (If you forget
what a paragraph outline is, refer back to your notes on our discussion
of Toby Fulwiler's revision chapters from The Working Writer).
7. Begin revision. Don't wait until I see it to start this process.
Begin fixing what you don't like.
Think of two people you know who have
the same occupation. Contrast
how those two people perform that occupation.
Be sure to say something larger about the nature of work or that
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