Comparison and Contrast Essay

Assignment Definition:
In Comparison/Contrast essays, writers highlight similarities and differences to support their
arguments. For this assignment, compare and contrast competing viewpoints on a current issue
of debate in the social, political, or environmental movement you selected for the Cause and
Effect paper. Describe the various perspectives on the subject and discuss what prevents people
from being able to agree on this issue. Finally, explain your position on this debate.
To develop a convincing argument, reference at least four sources from the RVC library/library
website. No other sources will be accepted. Incorporate a balance of paraphrases and quotations
throughout the paper.
Your audience consists of people who are interested in the current debate but do not have a well-
informed opinion. Your purpose is to educate readers and empower them to become more
involved in the debate.
The Comparison/Contrast Essay should be at least five pages long using 12-point Times New
Roman font, double spaced, have one-inch margins, and follow MLA style. Include a Works
Cited page as well. The Works Cited page is not included in the length requirement.