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Comparing and contrasting texts

Comparing and contrasting texts

Author: Ryan Howard

    Explain how to compare and contrast two or more literary texts. 


    Explain how to compare and contrast two or more informational texts. 


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to write a paper and who is confused about how to compare and contrast texts. It will explain how to compare and contrast both literary and informational texts. 

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Comparing and Contrasting Literary Texts

NOTE: The URLs to the texts I have linked do not seem to work in Powerpoint. I have attached them below this section.

URL for Fairy Tales

Literary Analysis

In this video, the speaker discusses a literary analysis, including the comparison of texts.


Comparing and Contrasting Information Texts

NOTE: Because the URLs to the texts did not work in Powerpoint, I have linked them below the Powerpoint presentation.

Source: Glencoe. Grammar and Composition Handbook. Columbus, Ohio: Glenco/McGraw - Hill, 2000.

Information Text Samples

Here are links to two samples of information texts, each discussing the history of the computer.  Using what you have learned, identify the similarities and differences. 


A Brief History of the Computer by Jeremy Meyers


Generations of Computer


You should now be aware of how to find information for comparing and contrasting texts and incorporating them into your paper. 


  • Locate one or more texts
  • Take notes on the important aspects of each text
  • Create a diagram (e.g T-square) to identify the similarities and differences of each text.
  • Organize these similarites and differences into paragraphs.
  • Have a strong introduction/thesis statement that gives an idea of what the paper will be about.
  • Have a strong conclusion to summarize the thesis statement.

Source: see above sections for sources