University of Phoenix Material
Strategies for Selecting a Topic
Complete the following table.
What two objects, people, subjects, or concepts are you going to compare and contrast?
What are the similarities between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many similarities that you can think of.
What are the differences between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many differences that you can think of.
Are you going to focus on similarities, differences, or both? Explain your rationale..
What do you want your readers to learn and understand after reading your essay? What is the purpose of your essay?
What three parallel points of comparison or contrast will you address in your essay?
For example, if you were going to compare and contrast two teachers, your three parallel points might be these:
? Each teacher?s homework policy
? Each teacher?s classroom conduct policy
? Each teacher?s demeanor
Explain why this is an appropriate and workable topic selection for the final assignment.
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