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Lesson 7: Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities and

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INTRODUCTION Now that you’ve had some hands-on experience with literary analysis, you’re ready to apply what you’ve learned on a more advanced level. The critical reading and thinking skills you developed while analyzing figurative language and other elements in short stories, poetry, and song lyrics can be applied to longer narrative fiction as well. As you recall, when you write about literature, you need to develop an original point of view on a text. One common approach to writing about literature is comparison and contrast. ■ Use the writing process to draft and revise a comparison and contrast essay ■ Write an effective thesis statement ■ Identify, define, and analyze literary elements ■ Develop critical reading skills ■ Use responsible research methods to locate appropriate secondary sources ■ Use Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and documentation style to reference secondary source material correctly and appropriately ■ To prepare an outline or graphic organizer that will serve as the foundation for an 1,800–2,000 word comparison and contrast essay ■ To begin the research process by preparing a bibliography in Modern Language Association citation and documentation format that consists of at least six sources ■ 2 primary sources: the book and the film ■ 4 secondary sources: book and film reviews, critiques, articles about the book and film, profiles of the author and/or the director and actors that focus on the content of the work. Audience: Junior and senior-level distance education students enrolled at Penn Foster College The Writing Process Plan and Prewrite 1. Watch the Comparison and Contrast lecture notes video on your student portal. This video reviews the essay requirements and comparison and contrast techniques. 2. Read the book and watch the film you’ve chosen to write about. 3. Develop the content for your outline/graphic organizer by freewriting about the changes you’ve noticed. Review pages 366–369 of your textbook and identify a few bases of comparison: a. Are there scenes omitted or added? How does this affect the sequence of events? b. What is the central conflict of the book? The film? How do the author and the director present the conflict? Are the stakes higher in one or the other? c. Is the main character’s personality different in the film? How is it different? How does it affect the way we understand his/her character? i. Is the narrator of the story the same? Does any element of the story change because we can’t be in the narrator’s head at all times? How does this change our understanding of the characters or the story? d. How is theme revealed throughout the book and the film? 4. Now that you’ve compared and contrasted the book and the film, freewrite on what the significance of these changes are to help you develop your ideas for the thesis statement. 5. Work through the Guided Writing Assignment for Comparison and Contrast prewriting on page 381 of your textbook. This assignment will help you determine your purpose and focus for your comparison and contrast essay. Research 1. The book and the film are your primary sources and count as two sources in your bibliography and toward the research requirement for your essay. Be sure that you have carefully noted where you found them, either online or in a physical copy/in print. 2. You’ll need a minimum of four other sources. These sources can be reviews, articles, and interviews related to the book and film. 3. Go to the library. Your Penn Foster digital library provides resources that will help you to meet the research requirements for your essay, but keep in mind that research in a library, even a digital one, isn’t like searching online. To learn more, visit the Penn Foster Library site. Use Expanded Academic ASAP, which is a subscription-only database available in Penn Foster’s digital library. You can access the database by clicking on the Library Services link in your Student Portal. See the “Academic Support and Online Resources” section in the introduction to this study guide. 4.
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