Compare and contrast essay structure

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another week of Lisa’s Study
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in exactly one day so don’t miss out! Alright, so a lot of you loved the video that
I created for reading & comparing or compare and contrast essays. So now I’m going to go into talking about
essay structures which a lot of you requested for. Reading and comparing is also known as compare
and contrast, so if I interchange between the two, then please don’t worry. So we are covering essay structures as you
know, and if you like this whiteboard style, then give it a thumbs up. So generally there are three main types of
essay structures in regards to compare and contrast essay. What exactly are they? Let’s find out! Now I’m going to be using the books ‘Great
Gatsby’ and ‘Macbeth’ as a comparison. If you’re not studying these books then
it’s completely okay, you should still be able to understand exactly the procedures
I’m going to outlay ahead. So, essay structure one. Let’s do this. This structure is quite popular and you may
know it, and it’s known as Block Structure. So what exactly is a block structure? The reason why this is called a block structure
is because it’s literally placing your text and discussing them in blocks. So I’m just going to write down paragraph
1 2 3 4 5 and 6 on the left hand side so that it’s clearer for you, how this would look
like in an essay. So if our first text was to be on The Great
Gatsby, then we would have spent majority of the first half speaking about Gatsby and
the second half talking about Macbeth. Pretty straightforward huh? What are the things would you talk about? Well in terms of compare and contrast essays,
you’re looking at similarities and differences between the two texts. So you may touch base on how both of them
are tragic heroes in their own way – and that can be paragraph 2 and paragraph 4 for talking
about their similarities. Then with paragraph 3 & 5, what you could
do is point out some differences. Gatsby ultimately undergoes a downfall because
of his naivety. And I know I’ve written paranoia there,
I’m so sorry, I got confused between the two texts. So try not to do what I did, where you accidentally
switch up the two. Paranoia should be under Macbeth, and naivety
is under Gatsby. So this is what a block structure would look
like. Now, let’s have a look at our second essay
structure which will be an alternating essay structure. I’ve left introduction and conclusion behind
because they still exist in all of the three different types of essay structures. However, what we’re doing now is we’re
alternating between the text, rather than placing them in chunks or blocks. So paragraph 2 is text one, paragraph 3 is
text 2, paragraph 4 is text 1, and paragraph 5 is text 2. Now, text one is Great Gatsby and Text 2 is
Macbeth. So what you’ll do is, instead of spending
the first half of your essay on one text, and the second part of your essay on another
text, you’ll be spending the first part of your essay looking at similarities and
the second part looking at differences. So when you look at similarities, you can
point out how they’re both tragic heroes, but with their differences, you can talk about
how their downfalls were attributed to different reasons. And this my friends is an alternating structure. By the way, if you like what I’m doing here
with this whiteboard and having this voice over, then please give me a thumbs up so that
I know I should be doing more videos like this. Let’s move into essay structure number 3! The last and final one – The Integrated Structure,
or you can know it as side by side analysis. So as usual, I’ve left introduction and
conclusion there because that’s still relatively the same. But for paragraphs 2, 3, and 4, what you’ll
find is that you’ll be writing about both text one and text two at the same time. So you can see here, how it starts to get
a little bit more advanced because you have to deal with both text at the same time. So like before how I mentioned, that you would
focus your first part of the essay on a block, so either a certain text or alternating, so
on a similarity or a difference. Now what we’re doing is because we’re
talking about them both at the same time, we can base these paragraphs on certain themes
that overlap. And then point out, the similarities and differences
between the themes that we are analyzing. So G stands for Great Gatsby and M for Macbeth,
S for similarity and D for differences. As you can see, it is definitely a more complex
way of going about things, however, this essay structure often offers a lot more in-depth
analysis of the two texts. So that is an introduction to different types
of essay structures. Would you like me to explain more in detail? If you do, comment below and let me know what
you’re concerned about and what you’re unsure of. And I’ll try to answer that in my next video. Also don’t forget the flash sale that I’m
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