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To write a compare/contrast essay, you’ll need to make NEW connections and/or express NEW differences between two things. The key word here…is NEW! In 750-1000 words, students will write a comparison/contrast essay of a parenting model or style. Below you will see examples of parenting styles or models:
Permissive or indulgent parenting
Helicopter parenting-Attachment parenting
Since there are more parenting styles out there, you can choose the ones above or research any that you would like to compare and contrast. (Side note: you will have to do research on the parenting styles above in order to build similarities and differences).
Develop your essay by finding the similarities and differences. Remember, you're essentially trying to find the most effective parenting style, so your thesis statement, which is typically the last sentence of your introduction, should clearly state the effectiveness of one parenting style over the other based on the characteristics. The rest of your essay will support your judgment of effectiveness. Be sure to quote from the articles, books, or any other source to help you describe the parenting model and its characteristics. You want your audience to fully understand what it is you are comparing and contrasting. Finally, be sure you know which characteristic you're using to show the effectiveness of the parenting model.
Important: For this paper, you should format your paper in MLA style and use MLA in-text citations and a include the Works Cited page to document the article you're responding to. The Works Cited entry is given for each source in the readings, so you're responsible for creating the corresponding parenthetical. For help with MLA, visit Bedford's free online MLA handbook.
Your compare and contrast essay will be evaluated--yes, your instructor must establish criteria on which to evaluate your paper--on the following criteria:
How clear and focused the thesis statement is
How well the essay conforms to the basic features of a comparison and contrast essay
How well quotes from the reading are integrated into the essay
How well the characteristics is supported with reasonable assertions and evidence
How well the essay uses clear, coherent, and correct sentences
How well the essay conforms to MLA documentation
To write a compare/contrast essay, you’ll need to make NEW connections and/or express NEW differences between two things. The key word here…is NEW! In 750-1000 words, students will write a comparison/contrast essay of a parenting model or style.