Developed by Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D.
--- susan at
beyondutopia dot com
Getting Started What are the two items you are
being asked to compare and contrast? List
them: Why are you being asked to investigate them?
Why these two items? Explain.
Define Your Subjects Provide a brief description of each
item. Be sure to cite your sources, if you are using
Same, Yet Different. Some people think we're
exactly the same kind of fish, or that the only thing that
differentiates us is our color. After all, we're almost
the same size and shape. Further, Redfish are red and
Greenfish are green so color is a good way to tell us
apart. But did you know that Redfish in the deepest part
of the ocean and Greenfish in the shallow areas? Please
compare and contrast us -- you'll see we're special!
First Point of Comparison What is the most obvious area in
which your items are the same or different? Example: Habitat.
Where do the Greenfish and the Redfish live? In the
ocean? Which part? Why?
Second Point of Comparison Example: Appearance.
What do the Greenfish and the Redfish look like? Provide
details, and give quotes of what people have said or
Third Point of Comparison Example: Behavior.
What the Redfish and Greenfish do? How do they
act? Why and when? Support your argument with
concrete examples and cite sources when
What do others think? What have others said about Redfish
and Greenfish, and about their similarities and differ
What do you think? Do you agree? Do you have
other opinions? Describe.