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Discus Comparison/Contrast Essay Directions

Comparison/Contrast Essay Directions
1.) You will pick a topic you would like to compare or contrast. You may NOT do both in the essay. You will either compare two items or contrast two items. A-worthy topics include serious topics, and examples are given below.
2.) Essay will be a minimum of 750 words and no more than 800 words. Essays that do not meet the minimum amount will receive an overall grade deduction of -10 points per 100 words missing. Essays that exceed the maximum amount will also receive an overall grade deduction of -10 points per 100 words exceeded. Example: A 450-word essay a 35 point deduction. (-1 point deduction for every 10 words above or below the word count that do not meet the 100 words standard.) Word count does NOT include your Works Cited, header, or heading.
3.) Essay will adhere to MLA format guidelines: 12 pt. font. Times New Roman. Doublespaced. Header at the top right with last name and page number on every page. Title centered. 1 inch margins. Top left: Your name, my name, class name, and due date. No contractions. Third person only.
4.) Essay will adhere to the specific and NEW (advanced) guidelines discussed in class
a.) Must use one of the beginning openers mentioned in your Norton Guide for your introductory paragraph that grabs the attention of the reader. You may continue to go from broad to specific, but now you must utilize an interesting opening (hook) that grabs the readers attention.
b.) Must not use the following transition words or phrases: First, Second, Third, In conclusion, or To conclude
c.) Must use basic and advanced transitions. Basic transitions transition words.
d.) Must use at least two reliable sources.
e.) Must have a defined purpose.
5.) Structure: Point-by-Point Method (5 paragraphs) or Block Method (4 paragraphs

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