Compare and contrast american pop culture

Compare and Contrast Essay

First Draft is due Tuesday, March 9 students MUST bring 5 copies of essay in class for peer editing
Thursday, March 11individual sessions with Professor Powers
Tuesday, March 16Final copy due via TurnItIn by 2:59 p.m. Bring printed copy to class as well as peer edited revisions.
Note& You will be graded on the effectiveness of your peer editing as well.

***It should be noted that each of these steps MUST be met as each component will affect the grade of the final paper. Additionally, if the essay is not submitted via TurnItIn by 2:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, the paper will result in a  O No EXCEPTIONS***

Compare and Contrast Paper Topic:
Students will explore popular culture in America versus another country. For this essay write a 3-4 page paper in MLA format comparing and contrasting two cultures. Be sure to include ideas discussed in the readings and classroom as well as details from your own explorations.
The Comparison and Contrast Essay Format
All comparison/contrast papers consist of an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.
INTRODUCTION:
” May consist of one or more paragraphs.
” Must have a thesis statement which commits the paper to the persuasive principle. (Otherwise, the paper becomes a pointless list of data.)
” Should establish your subjects (best limited to two), which will be examined for similarities and/or differences.
” Should establish your bases of comparison. Four or five subtopics are usually sufficient.
BODY:
” Consists of several paragraphs.
” Must be organized in either the vertical or horizontal pattern.
” Should contain  indicator words which make similarities/differences obvious, or which express transition.
” Similarity is expressed by words such as likewise, the same as too/also, similarly, in like manner, comparably.
” Difference is signaled by words such as but, yet, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, contrary to, unlike, and the opposite of.
” Transition from one subject to the other can be made clear by words such as even though, although, in spite, and notwithstanding.

CONCLUSION:
” Should contain a brief summary of your data or a restatement of your thesis sentence.
” Avoid trite concluding sentences such  In summary, X and Y really are alike/different.
Standard Structure for Comparison/Contrast
Horizontal Pattern
This pattern works best for longer papers and those with more subtopics. It can be thought of as a seesaw, swinging back and forth between its subjects. Paragraphing is set up according to the two or three points on which you will examine your subjects for differences and similarities.
Thesis statement: New York is a more exciting city than Chicago.
1. Cultural opportunities
a. New York
b. Chicago
2. Recreational opportunities
a. New York
b. Chicago
3. Sense of History
a. New York
b. Chicago
4. Physical Beauty
a. New York
b. Chicago
Vertical Pattern
This pattern tends to work better for shorter papers. The writer discusses one unit in its entirety before going on to the other. Paragraphing is set up according to each subject.
1. New York
a. Cultural opportunities
b. Recreational opportunities
c. Sense of history
d. Physical beauty
2. Chicago
a. Cultural opportunities
b. Recreational opportunities
c. Sense of history
d. Physical beauty
The danger of using this pattern is that the writer may end up with two separate essays instead of one unified comparison/contrast essay.
FOUR GUIDELINES CAN PREVENT SUCH AN OCCURRENCE:

” Each subtopic in Part I must also be discussed in Part 2. If you have nothing to say about the cultural opportunities of Chicago, for example, don t discuss those of New York.
” Subtopics must be discussed in the same order in both parts.
” Paragraphing should be similar in both parts. If you write a whole paragraph about the sense of history of New York, write a whole paragraph about the sense of history of Chicago.
” Subtopics in part 2 should generally include reminders of the point made about the same subtopic in part 1. Use indicator words; mention New York before you discuss Chicago.

Source: or support

(C Range) An adequate essay is characterized by many of the following:

” Essay fails to adequately engage the reader s attention
” Thesis is unclear; suggests confusion about the topic
” Essay compares and contrasts subjects clearly, but the supporting information is incomplete. The essay may include information that is not relevant to the comparison
” Essay breaks the information into a vertical or horizontal format, but some information is in the wrong section
” Some transitions work well, but connections between other ideas is fuzzy
” Demonstrates little understanding of purpose and audience
” Conclusion simplistic or fails to summarize main ideas
” May contain several minor errors in English conventions, but these errors do not impede the reader s understanding
” Missing or improper MLA format
” Topic sentences are unclear or absent
” Body paragraphs need clearer relation to thesis
” Lacks concrete, relevant details or quotes that prove thesis

(D  F Range) An inadequate essay is characterized by most of the following:
” Essay fails to engage the reader s attention
” Thesis is unclear or absent
” Essay compare or contrasts, but does not include both
” Many details are not in a logical or expected order
” Transitions between ideas are unclear or nonexistent
” Demonstrates a lack of understanding of purpose and audience
” Conclusion missing or fails to summarize main ideas
” Multiple errors in English conventions impede the reader s understanding
” Missing or improper MLA format
” Topic sentences are unclear or absent
” Body paragraphs have unclear relation to thesis
” Lacks concrete,