Fiction Compare And Contrast Essays

This interactive guide provides an introduction to the basic characteristics and resources that are typically used when students compose comparison and contrast essays. The Comparison and Contrast Guide includes an overview, definitions and examples. The Organizing a Paper section includes details on whole-to-whole (block), point-by-point, and similarities-to-differences structures. In addition, the Guide explains how graphic organizers are used for comparison and contrast, provides tips for using transitions between ideas in comparison and contrast essays, and includes a checklist, which matches an accompanying rubric.

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Creative Communication Frames: Discovering Similarities between Writing and Art

Graphic organizers assist the development of comparative vocabulary and generate discussions of analogy and metaphor in art as students go on a real or virtual tour of an art gallery.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Teaching the Compare and Contrast Essay through Modeling

The compare and contrast essay is taught through modeling from the brainstorming phase through the first draft.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Examining Plot Conflict through a Comparison/Contrast Essay

Students explore picture books to identify the characteristics of four types of conflict. They then write about a conflict they have experienced and compare it to a conflict from literature.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings

Students read science fiction texts and then use nonfiction texts to extrapolate the scientific principles presented as they discuss the "what ifs" within the context of scientific principles.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Comparing and Contrasting: Picturing an Organizational Pattern

Using picture books as mentor texts, students learn effective strategies for organizing information that compares and contrasts. Students can then apply appropriate organizational strategies to their own papers.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Tell and Show: Writing With Words and Video

Writers and film buffs alike will sharpen their skills in this multimedia unit as they work together to author and design a digital video.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Comparing Portrayals of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Photography and Literature

In this lesson, students analyze similarities and differences among depictions of slavery in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frederick Douglass' Narrative, and nineteenth century photographs of slaves. Students formulate their analysis of the role of art and fiction, as they attempt to reliably reflect social ills, in a final essay.


Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Tale of Despereaux: Fact or Fiction?

Using the book The Tale of Despereaux, students look a closer look at medieval times to see if the novel accurately portrays this time in history. Looking at key sections of the book, students will use the Compare and Contrast Guide and Map to help them decipher between fact and fiction.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.


Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


Comparison between Fiction Stories

The main focus of this paper is a sound and authentic comparison and contrast between the two well known and highly renowned fiction stories, ?The Lottery? by Shirley Jackson and ?The Destructors? by Graham Greene. The former is the story about the people of a town adhering to their old norms, outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices. The later themes at a teenage boy gang that were directed to destroy and demolish an old man?s house.

Themes of the stories are totally different in one aspect i.e. ?The Lottery? is focusing on the adhesion and stickiness of the people to their old traditions and creeds, which are not at all willing to accept any kind of transitions or changes either. The story tells how wickedness of ordinary people can be just as horrifying as the wild crime of a serial killer. Following the crowd in any matter can be so disastrous and consequential. While ?The Destructors? is solely concentrated on the cynicism and destructive outlook of a teenage gang that demolished wildly an old man?s only house in the town. He has superbly characterized that how war and bombing causes people surrounded by the destruction to become desensitized and rebelliousness. Besides all this, both the stories find a common aspect regarding the realistic life problems that one have to encounter while living in a society.

Both the authors have conveyed their stories in a real-touch mode and easy comprehension. The reader just feels for a moment that as he has been himself the part of that story. One just starts getting into the whole scenario and feels it interesting and suspensive at the same time. The authors have assisted their thoughts with the well assumed characters like Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves, the main characters, in the ?The Lottery? and Mr. Trevor and Mr. Thomas, the main characters, in ?The Destructors?. Both the authors have developed a whole prerequisite scenario first in a superb and fabulous way and then just got that fit into a fabulous story which makes it more interesting, suspensive and touchy.

In ?The Lottery?, Shirley Jackson has nicely portrayed the realistically life problems that how the old people are so much sensitive and sticky about some things like old traditions, creeds and conditions. They are not at all willing to accept or introduce any modifications or innovations in their old assets or being susceptible to any sudden transition in their lifestyle and conditions. They love the way they are, regardless of any other better realities. And the most important fact, they will really not have any soft corner for the person who either suggests them a new way or just encourages others to make the things happen in any different way.

In ?The Destructors?, Graham Greene exhibits a realistic story involving the emotions and response of the environment against a humble and a simple person ?Old Misery?. He has finely described the traits and deeds of the teenage gangs that how they build in the societies and how they respond to their surroundings when they are in blind touch and blood rush. He has pointed out their strength and terror in the towns that how bad, cynic, selfish and destructive they can be to anyone. He has clearly illustrated that how the whole group including the leader is involved in the crimes and how do they plan and manage the whole scene.

The unique and rummy writing style of Shirley Jackson is well renowned among the Legends of Fiction Storytellers. She is a contradiction, or perhaps just the other side of the idea of an author who fails to make any strong impression among the people during their lifetime, and is only later discovered by a new generation and then highly praised and applauded. Shirley Jackson manipulates people's beliefs. Her stories come from the increasingly skewed perceptions of her protagonists, fails to suggest the sheer power these vision have. She has always seen the world through her light horn-rimmed spectacles.

Graham Greene?s novels exclusively treat moral issues in the context of social and political settings. Adventure and suspense are core elements in his novels and owing to this uniqueness many of his books have been made into successful movies and films. Greene's novels are partly based on his own personal experiences in the life that?s why he was very prolific and versatile. The recurring themes of treachery and betrayal in Greene's writing stem from his old childhood unforeseen tragedy but his writings are always on very critical and sensitive issues which make him stand unique in the group of highly renowned fiction story tellers.

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