Name: ________ Rubric - Comparison Essay
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Introduction (*2)
 Attention Grabber
 Background Information
   Thesis – Expresses what is being compared, grounds of
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Main Body(*2)
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Compare & Contrast
Beginning & End
Lady Macbeth
Lesson 15 5.1
 Lady Macbeth’s Decline
 Lady Macbeth Now and Then
“Come, thick
night,
And pall thee in
the dunnest
smoke of
hell…” (1.5)
“Hell is
murky.”(5.1)
“What, quite
unmanned in
folly? … Fie, for
shame!”(3.4)
“Fie, my lord,
fie, a soldier
and
afeard.”(5.1)
“Give me the
daggers. The
sleeping and the
dead are but
pictures … If he
do bleed, I’ll gild
the faces of the
grooms withal
….” (2.2)
“Yet who would
have thought
the old man
had so much
blood in
him?”(5.1)
“My hands are of
your color, but
I shame to
wear a heart so
white.” (2.2)
“The Thane of
Fife had a wife.
Where is she
now?”(5.1)
“A little water
clears us of this
deed. How
easy is it,
then!” (2.2)
“What, will
these hands
ne’er be
clean?”(5.1)
“Get on your
nightgown,
lest occasion
call us and
show us to be
watchers!”
(2.2)
“Wash your
hands. Put on
your
nightgown.
Look not so
pale.”(5.1)
Write a paragraph that describes
Lady Macbeth at the beginning of the
Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Lady Macbeth is a _________
character at the beginning of
“Macbeth” by Shakespeare.
Write a paragraph that describes
Lady Macbeth at the end of this play.
By the end of the play,
Lady Macbeth has changed.
Write the BODY of your ESSAY
Form 2 Paragraphs
 Now put the notes together to form two paragraphs
 This will be the BODY of your Paper –
 Next week we will add an introduction and a
conclusion!!!! So be thinking about a hook and a
truism to go with your work!!!!!
Assignment
While using the writing process, create a
short, 4 paragraph essay. Compare and
contrast any two aspects of Macbeth by
William Shakespeare. Proper grammar,
SAE, size 12, Times New Roman. See
Rubric for details.
Comparison Essay
Traditional
•Introduction
Essay
•Main Body
Format
•Conclusion
Thesis Statement
SAMPLE THESIS STATEMENTS:
Thesis Statement
1) Names the items to be
compared
2) Indicates the purpose of the
comparison
3) Names the grounds for
comparison
Unacceptable
I am going to compare the
similarities and differences
between the films Close
Encounters of the Third Kind and
E.T., the Extraterrestrial.
Acceptable
A close examination of the way that
Roy Neary, the protagonist of Close
Encounters of the Third Kind, and
Elliott, the protagonist of E.T., the
Extraterrestrial, react to their
encounters with aliens demonstrates
that director Steven Spielberg uses
both films to tell similar stories about
the difficulties of growing up.
The Nature of Comparison
• A Comparison …
- is a basic procedure of explanation and analysis.
- presents two or more objects and describes and
analyzes their similarities and differences.
- usually makes us see the items under discussion
more clearly and in a new light.
When writing a literary comparison, it is important to
explain the similarities and differences between the two (or
more) works (or plots or characters or other elements of
fiction you have chosen to discuss)
AND
explain the significance of your comparison. you will answer the
question, So what?
This Assignment
• Explain the similarities and Differences
• Explain the significance
of the comparison
This Assignment
TITLE
Introduction
Attention Grabber
Background Info.
Thesis
Thesis:
Paragraph 2
Similarities
Paragraph 3
Conclusion
Differences
Thesis
Summaries
Comparison
Essay
Compare two aspects of Macbeth. For example, you could
4 paragraphs
MLA
Times New size 12
compare Lady Macbeth’s character at the beginning of the play
to how she is at the end of the play.
• Introduction: (Hook, Background Information, Thesis:
In “Macbeth” by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth undergoes
change.
• Topic Sentence: Lady Macbeth is a _________
character at the beginning of “Macbeth” by Shakespeare.
• Topic Sentence: By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth has
changed.
• Conclusion (Thesis, Summary statement, Memorable
statement)
Writing an Essay
Planning to Rough Draft
Create
4
Paragraphs:
 Introduction
 Body 1
 Body 2
 Conclusion
- Hook ? ????
Start with a question or a
clever saying.
- Background Info.
Add background info about the play.
- Thesis:
In “Macbeth” by Shakespeare,
Lady Macbeth undergoes
change.
Writing an Essay
Planning to Rough Draft
Create
4
Paragraphs:
 Introduction
 Body 1
 Body 2
 Conclusion
- Use planning page
Start with section 1 and move to
section 7. Write at least 1 sentence
for each section. Go in order. Make
sure you cite at least 2 examples
from the play to support your work.
Use MLA formatting when you site
the quotes.
Writing an Essay
Planning to Rough Draft
Create
4
Paragraphs:
 Introduction
 Body 1
 Body 2
 Conclusion
- Use planning page
Start with section 1 and move to
section 7. Write at least 1 sentence
for each section to relate the changes
that Lady Macbeth has undergone
throughout the play. Go in order.
Make sure you cite at least 2
examples from the play to support
your work. Use MLA formatting
when you site the quotes.
Writing an Essay
Planning to Rough Draft
Create
4
Paragraphs:
 Introduction
 Body 1
 Body 2
 Conclusion
- Thesis
Start with the same thesis:In
“Macbeth” by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth
undergoes change.
- Summary Statement
- End with a Truism, a clever
saying about life that would “sum
up” what your paper is about.
IE: You don’t always have to have the best
to feel whole inside.