COMPARISON/CONTRAST ANALYSIS DESCRIPTION
*To evaluate through the rhetorical mode of comparison/contrast analysis, the quality and content of argument in two articles;
*To develop skills in writing analytical paragraphs, blending in secondary sources to support the writer’s analysis;
*To unify secondary sources in supporting an original thesis by using the point-by-point method of organization;
*To practice proper documentation methods.
The rhetorical mode of comparison and/or contrast is a common one that you might find extremely useful in crafting your final research paper as well as completing this preliminary assignment. To practice this skill, the required paragraphs will be quite directed. For the articles given below, you’ll want to compare/contrast significant points, approaches and strategies from both articles, in order to support your independent evaluation about them in a short collection of separate paragraphs, about 600+ words, in 2-4 paragraphs, addressing the 2 prompts below.
Utilize the two sources below, from two very different news agencies, in addressing the prompts:
In 1 – 2 paragraphs, analyze which source above appears to be more reliable, authoritative and valid. To do this, choose one or two pieces of criteria from the C.R.A.A.P method of analyzing sources. Apply those criteria to both sources, and utilize quotes from each source and analysis to make your evaluation. Write in unified, coherent paragraphs, and avoid trying to cover too many points. Instead focus your point(s) and provide strong evidence and analysis to support your overall evaluation.
(which source appears to be more valid? why?)
Be sure to quote sentences in the source you think it’s more valid as evidence.
In 1 – 2 paragraphs, compare or contrast details regarding the content of both articles, in order to make a larger point about the political issue they both discuss. Again, work on providing unified, coherent paragraphs, so focus on one overall point to make, and blend the sources together to support your point. (what is a point in turns of content, what the two articles compare or contrast?)
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