COMPARISON/ CONTRAST OUTLINING FORMATS


BLOCK FORMAT

I. INTRODUCTION

(Introduces to your audience the two subjects being discussed in this piece, giving any necessary definition or description of the items. Include in your intro the bases of comparison/contrast by which the items will be analyzed.)

II. BODY

A. ITEM 1

1. Point A
2. Point B
3. Point C

B. ITEM 2

1. Point A
2. Point B
3. Point C

III. CONCLUSION

Usually, when the points are a comparison, the conclusion contrasts the items, or examines the differences between the items. If the points contrast, or shows differences in the two items, the conclusion demonstrates those things that are similarities between the two.


ALTERNATING BLOCK

I. INTRODUCTION:

(Introduce to your audience the two subjects being discussed in this piece, giving any necessary definition or description of the items. Include in your intro the bases of comparison/contrast by which the items will be analyzed.)

II. BODY

In Alternating Block, the bases of comparison or contrast lead. Each item is discussed BY
their similarities or differences to the bases being analyzed.

A. Point A

1. Item One
2. Item Two

B. Point B

1. Item One
2. Item Two

C. Point C

1. Item One
2. Item Two

III. CONCLUSION

Again, when the points offer similarities in comparison, the conclusion contrasts the items, or examines the differences between the items. If the points contrast, or shows differences in the two items, the conclusion demonstrates those things that are similarities between the two