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Sample Compare and Contrast Essays

Below are two essays. The first one is a block essay and the second one is a point by point essay. I would like you to make two notices and two wonders about each essay.

This is a fun activity that is often done in the classroom. Let’s see if we are able to do this well in an online environment.

I have hidden the responses of your classmates until you complete yours. When the other come available, make at least two comments on what others noticed.

Notice: Highlight a paragraph that shows one of the styles listed: block or point by point. Explain what is unique to that style

Wonders: Hightlight any questions that you have about either of the essays.

I have hidden the responses of your classmates until you complete yours. When the other come available, make at least two comments on what others noticed.

Sample Compare and Contrast Essays

The Senate and the House of Representatives

The government of the United States is made up of three branches: the legislative branch, the executive branch and the judicial branch. The legislative branch, called Congress, is responsible for making laws. Congress is made up of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. In this essay, you will learn the differences and similarities between these two houses of Congress.

There are many differences between the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Vice President of the United States is the head of the Senate. He must vote in the Senate if there is a tie. On the other hand, the House of Representatives’ leader is called the Speaker of the House. The representatives elect him or her. Another difference is that the Senate is made up of 100 senators, two from each state. The House of Representatives, however, is made up of 435 representatives. The number of representatives from each state is determined by that state’s population. The greater the population in a state, the more representatives that state will have in the House. A third difference is that senators are elected to sixyear terms, while representatives are elected to serve two-year terms. Every two years, the nation holds an election for members of Congress. At that time, all members of the House of Representatives and onethird of the Senate are up for re-election.

There are also similarities between the Senate and the House of Representatives. For example, both houses of Congress are made up of men and women. Both senators and representatives are members of Congress who must work together toward the same goal: to create, discuss, debate and vote on bills, some of which eventually become laws. In the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C., senators and representatives often meet with each other and in smaller groups to discuss laws. Before the President can sign a bill into law, it must first be approved by a majority of members in both the House and Senate.

Although Congress is made up of two types of lawmakers, they must work together for the benefit of all Americans.


Vacations are one of the favorite things for people to do. There are a couple ways to do this, and they have their pros and cons.

Tent-camping and staying at hotels are two of the most common ways of vacationing. Tent camping has been around for years. This is a good option for those whose budget is limited, although some campgrounds’ sites these days rival the charge of hotels. There is also a little bit of an element of danger in tent-camping, although others just see this as part of the adventure.

Hotels are definitely a more comfortable way of vacationing if you have the financial resources. They provide comfortable beds and all the amenities of home. You also have reservations for peace of mind, and don’t need to worry about the weather.

The two ways I’ve discussed are both good in some ways; it largely depends on the amount of money you have to spend. Personally, after a bad tent-camping experience with the weather, I’d recommend hotels because this could be the difference between a good trip and a soggy mess!

DMU Timestamp: September 28, 2016 13:52

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