Verbal vs. Nonverbal communication

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    Compare/Contrast Essay – Choose one topic provided in these instructions to compare and/or contrast.

    The table below provides an extensive list of topic options from which you must select, and we recommend that you choose one from below that you are interested in beyond this course. For instance, if you are a Finance or Business major, you might be interested in the Dividends v. Capital Gains topic. If you are a Science major, you might choose Hybrid Seeds v. GMO Seeds. Or perhaps you’re taking StraighterLine’s Survey of World History course, in which case you might opt to research the similarities and differences between the United States and the Roman Empire. You will use at least two credible sources to support your claims, and remember, you must include your sources throughout the body paragraphs of your essay in a mix of cited quotes, paraphrases, and summaries. Both the support and research portions of the rubric will be negatively affected if you do not integrate your researched data.

    · Rosa Parks vs. Harriett Tubman

    · Treaties vs. Executive Agreements

    · Roman Empire vs. United States

    · Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” vs. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”

    · Verbal vs. Nonverbal Communication

    · Biblical Old Testament vs. New Testament

    · Leonardo di Vinci vs. Michelangelo

    · Apple Ipad vs. Microsoft Surface

    · Dividends vs. Capital Gains

    · Marxism vs. Socialism

    · Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox

    · Jazz vs. Blues

    · String Instruments vs. Wind Instruments
    · Solar Power vs. Wind Power

    · Public School vs. Home School

    Write an essay comparing or contrasting the two topics in your selection using EITHER the point-by-point OR the subject-by-subject method to organize the details and specific examples. Consider focusing on three to five subtopics and generate ideas through prewriting. Develop a strong thesis statement for your essay that includes your two topics from the list above; your three to five subtopics; and a claim about how they are similar, different, or both.

    Sample Thesis Statements:

    If you will argue that your two topics are mostly similar:

    Topic A and Topic B share many similar characteristics, including (Supporting point 1), (Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3); while they differ in (Additional supporting point), the similarities greatly outweigh the differences.


    I. Introduction
    A. Thesis
    B. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attention

    II. Supporting point 1
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    III. Supporting point 2
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    IV. Supporting point 3
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    V. Supporting point 4 or Additional point
    A. Topic 1
    B. Topic 2

    VI. Conclusion
    A. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)
    B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?

    Remember to apply the concepts you're learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

    Length: This assignment should be at least 500 words.

    Sources: You need a bare minimum of two credible sources for this assignment.

    Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

    Your first and last name
    Course Title (Composition I)
    Assignment name (Comparison and Contrast)
    Current Date
    Page Layout:

    MLA style documentation (please see the tutorial in the course topic)
    Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
    Double-spacing throughout
    Title, centered after heading
    Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
    1" margins on all sides
    Save the file as .docx or .doc format
    Underline your thesis statement.


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