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How To Compose A World History Compare And Contrast Essay


There are some things you need to know before you can compose a World History compare and contrast essay. First, you need to know the mechanics of a compare and contrast essay and then you need to decide on a topic. Once you have those two pieces of information, you can create your essay.

Choose a topic


First, you need to choose your category. The subject is World History which is extremely broad. Now you have to narrow down that subject to a topic. The best thing to do is find a topic that interests you. The best way to do this is to brainstorm.


  1. Get a piece of paper and set a timer for 5 minutes. Start the timer and just write down as much as you can about World History. See how many topics you can list in that amount of time. Once you get to 10, you can stop.

  2. Now that you have 10 in front of you, look at them and try to cut that list in half by what would be easiest to research. The topic with the most information will be the best ones to keep. In this case, you should choose topics that you can compare and contrast easily. Choose from the topics things that can fit into the same category but then also be very different. Try to narrow your search down to 6.

  3. Once you have 3 sets of 2 topics, pick the one that you think you will be most interesting.

Mechanics of a compare and contrast essay


  1. You need to choose 2 things that fit into one category but are also very different. For example, 2 different wars that use very different methods of warfare.

  2. Next you should write down the characteristics of each item in your category. Try to write down both similarities and differences.

  3. Ask yourself the following questions before you create your first draft:

    • Do you have at least 1 meaningful comparison and 1 meaningful contrast?

    • Is there enough in common to do a compare and contrast essay? If not, you need to choose another topic. It is too frustrating to try to do an essay without the appropriate research material.

  4. Create your thesis statement based on comparing and contrasting your two topics.

  5. Try to find something unusual or may not be public knowledge to compare so the essay is meaningful. Don’t pick things that are well known or obvious because the essay will be boring and meaningless.

  6. Create your outline on your essay. You need to put your thesis statement first. Then put your supporting comparisons and contrasts on the next few paragraphs. Then one more section for your conclusion.

  7. Create your rough draft and then check your grammar and spelling and write your final draft.

Sometimes it is easier to see a few samples of an essay before you have to write it. That way you can see first-hand how one is written. This website (insert your website here) has many examples of how to write a compare and contrast essay. This is the best way to learn about how to write different kinds of essays.

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