How do you write a 5-paragraph compare and contrast essay?

<p>what are your 3 body paragraphs? i can only think of 1. similarities and 2. differences.</p>

<p>1) stuff about a that's different than b
2) stuff about b that's different than a
3) stuff about both a and b</p>

<p>mine usually go...differences, similarities, random paragraph with BS facts that impress the teacher that are relevant to the topic but not necessarily comparing/contrasting</p>

<p>I generally write about the first one on its one, then the second on its own, and then compare/contrast them for as long as I need to. It's not that hard to fill up another paragraph. :]</p>

<p>My teacher has a strict system. Lets say the subject is to compare/contrast the Pres. Bush and Pres. Clinton. </p>

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<li>Intro...state thesis (Pres Clinton is the better president) and list 3 subtopics that you will use to prove your point</li>
<li>First sub-topic...perhaps we can say that they BOTH had good health care policies because they had lots of funding for elderly, but the DIFFERENCE is that Clinton also had good health care plan for low income people while Bush left them high and dry. </li>
<li>Same thing. Pick a topic, talk about how they both did something SIMILAR for the topic and then discuss how they did something DIFFERENT...but rememebr that the similarities and differences need to prove your thesis (Clinton is better)</li>
<li>Same </li>
<li>Conclusion...restate thesis</li>
</ol>

<p>PS. I know nothing about politics</p>

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i can only think of 1. similarities and 2. differences.

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<p>Then write a 4-paragraph compare and contrast essay.</p>

<p>If you're required to have five, just think of a few more similarities and find some excuse to break the first body paragraph into two (like a good transition sentence).</p>

<p>There are two formats for compare-and-contrast essays--
Subject by subject is when you talk about the first passage in the first paragraph and then talk about the second passage as it relates to the first in the second paragraph. In this case you would only have two body paragraphs.
Point by point is when you talk about each "point" that you want to compare between the two passages in a single paragraph. For example, if I want to compare tone in one paragraph, diction in another, irony in the next, point by point is my method. With point by point you can have as many paragraphs as you want but it usually takes longer to write.</p>

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Then write a 4-paragraph compare and contrast essay.

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<p>Ditto. Not all essays have to be 5 paragraphs. A good 4 paragraph essay will work fine for a compare/contrast essay.</p>

<p>I haven't written a standard 5 paragraph essay since freshman year.</p>

<p>To heck with five paragraphs! There is so much more to the world of essays than the Five-Paragraph format! :p</p>

<ol>
<li>Intro</li>
<li>Differences of A</li>
<li>Differences of B</li>
<li>Similarities</li>
<li>Conclusion</li>
</ol>

<p>christ! how the ƒuck could you not figure this out?</p>