6. Contrast Paragraph

The Contrast Paragraph’s topic sentence and content will use the same items that you used for your Comparison Paragraph. For example:

Comparison Paragraph topic sentence: The hamburgers served at Five Guys and at the Louisiana College cafe are very similar.

Contrast Paragraph topic sentence: The hamburgers served at Five Guys in Alexandria are better than the hamburgers at the Louisiana College cafe.

Notice that the topic sentence does three things:

  1. identifies the food item
  2. mentions the two locations where the food is served
  3. makes the claim that one is better than the other

Your Contrast Paragraph needs to do the following things:

  1. Demonstrate the claim that one of the items is better than the other
  2. Provide three criteria that highlight the differences between them
  3. Explain the differences and describe them in detail – give examples

You WILL NOT talk about the similarities between the two items — you already did that in the Comparison Paragraph.

The points of contrast should incorporate the skills you have developed in the description. Think about aspects of food that can be used to contrast them — taste, smell, texture, appearance — and develop your paragraph along those lines.

  • Your paragraph will begin with the topic sentence, which will identify the type of food. the two places you have been served that food, and will claim that one is better than the other.
  • You will then decide what points you will use to contrast them — how they taste, how they smell, how they look, the texture, the quality, the ingredients — and think about how they are different. YOU ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR.
  • Your paragraph should be clear about how these two foods are different AND THAT ONE IS BETTER  all throughout the paragraph. It should be clear to the reader which is better than the other.
  • Make sure that the paragraph is between 200 and 300 words long — no more, no fewer.

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