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Compare and Contrast Workout » Gathering Ideas

In order to both educate and intrigue your reader, try to go beyond the obvious points of comparison and contrast. Look for information and ideas about your topic that your reader doesn't know or doesn't expect.

Try your hand: In the box below, list some of the obvious similarities and differences between whales and sharks:

Now list some similarities and differences that are not so obvious. Click on the button beneath when you're finished.

• When comparing and contrasting, consider the possibilities of unusual or unexpected similarities and differences.

• Look for similarities between things that seem different and for differences between things that seem similar.

If you have been given a general compare-and-contrast assignment and need help gettting started with it, our Do Your Own section can help you choose a topic. Otherwise use the link below to move on to the next step in the workout.

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