Comparing and Contrasting in Writing Practice Exercises (page 2)

Updated on Aug 25, 2011


Find the matching characteristics and draw a line between the columns to connect them. Label whether the characteristics are similarities or differences.

Readers (Item A)

  1. look for clues to understand meaning
  2. have many different types of books to read
  3. can choose what book to read
  4. build their vocabulary by reading
  5. become better readers with each book

Detectives (Item B)

  1. have a dangerous job
  2. get better at solving crimes with each case
  3. require lots of training
  4. don't get to choose which cases to work on
  5. look for clues to solve the crime

Exercise 3

Now that you've matched comparable characteristics, write a short comparison and contrast paragraph. Make sure you have a clear main idea and use strong transitions.


Exercise 1

  1. In both movies, the female characters can and do fight.
  2. In Crouching Tiger, the women don't rely on men at all—they fight for themselves.
  3. They're both great stories.
  4. They're different kinds of stories. In Crouching Tiger, the story is one all young people can relate to.
  5. The main idea of paragraph 4 is stated in the first sentence: "The best thing about Crouching Tiger, though, is the story of Jen."

Exercise 2

Reader 1 corresponds with Detective 5 (similarity).

Reader 3 corresponds with Detective 4 (difference).

Reader 5 corresponds with Detective 2 (similarity)

Exercise 3

Answers will vary. Here's one possibility (the transitions are in boldface type):

You may not realize it, but readers are a lot like detectives. An important part of both jobs is looking for clues. Just as a detective looks for clues to solve a crime, a reader looks for clues to solve the mystery of a text (its meaning). Another similarity is that both readers and detectives get better at their jobs with practice. A reader gets better at reading comprehension with each book. Likewise, a detective becomes better at solving crimes with each case. One difference, however, is that while readers get to choose which books they want to read, a detective doesn't have much choice about which case he or she has to work on.

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