Think Sheet Topic: ___________________________________________________________ WHO: Who am I writing for? _______________________________________________________________________ WHY: Why am I writing? ________________________________________________________________________ WHAT: What do I know? (BRAINSTORM) 1. ______________________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________________ 4. ______________________________________________________________ 5. ______________________________________________________________ Topic Introduction Audience Body Purpose Conclusion Self Evaluation Criteria Absent Acceptable Very Good Introduction Body Conclusion Interest Level Clarity Scoring Text Structure Elements of Compare-Contrast Essays This scoring procedure awards points for each relevant text structure element in the essay. Elements are scored if they fit the text structure demands, are reasonably clear, and are in a reasonable sequence. Introduction (1 point): Simple but clear statement that X and Y are being compared. Hook (I point): Simple attempt to interest the reader in the paper; any general statement about the topic can serve. Comparison (1 point): Relevant comparison between X and Y. It is not sufficient to simply state a fact about X or Y. The comparison can be made in several ways: a. Direct statement that X and Y are the same or different on something (e.g.. Bats and birds both fly.) b. Contrasting statements about X and Y that are adjacent (e.g.. Bats are mammals. Birds are birds.) or in a clear parallel structure (adjacent paragraphs with contrasting statements in the same order). c. Subordinated to a topic sentence (e.g., Sharks and dolphins both live in the ocean. They have fins. They are streamlined. They eat fish. [Three comparisons]). Topic Sentence (3 points): Topic sentence or superordinate statement that compares X and Y with at least two subordinate ideas that are comparisons. Topic sentences can be about a category (e.g.. Bats and birds are different types of animals.). They can also simply be about difference or similarity (e.g.. Bats and birds are different in many ways.). Minimal Topic Sentence (1 point): Topic sentence or superordinate statement that compares X and Y but is followed by only one comparison. Detail (0.5 point): Information that provides relevant detail to elaborate on a scored comparison Conclusion (I point): Simple statement that X and Y are different and/or the same at the end. Summary (1-2 points): Summarizes a main idea from the paper. Main ideas are topic sentence ideas or comparisons. One point each for up to two main points. Transitions (1-3 points): Transition words serve specifically to connect ideas and show their relationship (e.g., first, second, finally, in addition, on the other hand, however, another). (1 point) - One or two transition words connect ideas from different parts of the paper. (2 points) - Uses at least three transition words but does not meet the criteria for 3 points. (3 points) - Uses transition words systematically for most of the paper, considering all topic sentences or comparison statements and the conclusion. Repetitions: (0) Sentences that repeat an earlier statement without any clear rhetorical purpose. Unconnected information: (0) Information about X or Y that does not make a comparison.