What is a compare and contrast essay? If you need to write one, you will need to know! Simply, you are being asked to compare (the similarities) and contrast (the differences) of (usually) two things.
If you’ve been asked to write this type of essay on World History, here are some great tips to get you started:
First off, you need to select a particular topic within World History. With such an incredibly large subject like World History, this may be quite a daunting task. After all, you could pretty much choose anything! So when selecting your specific topic, you should make sure that it is:
If you are passionate about a subject, this will come across in your writing, which will help to engage the reader. So if you can combine that with a suitable and well-researched topic, you will be on to a winner.
Once you have chosen your topic and performed your research, you should begin piecing your information together. Work out what information you want to include and which belongs together. Check that you have sufficient source material to back up the claims you want to make, and ascertain that is well-balanced.
Come up with a rough plan for your essay at this stage and create an outline.
Work out how many chapters you’ll need and what the purpose of each one is.
Your paper will comprise of three main sections: introduction, chapters (body text) and conclusion. The introduction is best written last, because then you’ll have written your paper and know which key elements to include. The introduction should introduce the broad topic of World History before narrowing down to the specific area you have chosen to compare and contrast. You should give your reasons for why you have selected these and state your aims and objectives for the paper.
The conclusion belongs at the end of the essay. Restate what you hoped to achieve, summarize your main arguments and points, and conclude in a manner which gets your reader on your side.
Once you’ve written a first draft, you will need to write more drafts! Edit your work until it’s as polished as can be. You should pay attention to things like: Do my sentences flow well? Have I clearly explained this section? Is this paragraph relevant? Would this section be better placed?
The more attention to detail you have, and the more objective you can be, the better your essay will be.