ELA B30: Compare/Contrast Essay Writing
One of the formal writing assignments in the B30 course is to write a Compare/Contrast Essay. You have previously written some Analytical Essays, some Persuasive or Editorial Essays, and a Critical Analysis Essay after reading your novel choice in ELA A30.
For this assignment, the two texts you’ll compare are a short story and film. The focus of your essay will be to compare the theme of identity explored between both texts.
Some resources for each are given below:
Text #1 Essay: “Shooting an Elephant”
A1.1 Shooting An Elephant owell essay-1mhdr0g PDF Copy of text
YouTube Video: Oral reading of the essay (someone with an English accent like the author would have had)
Text #2 Movie: The Interpreter (2 hrs 8 mins)
The Interpreter Imbd website information with character names
Additional Text Options: There are several other films that focus on the theme of identity. If you have an idea for another film that will pair well with the Orwell essay, talk to me about it.
Optional Videos I can provide: click links to view trailers
The Power of One (movie)
Hotel Rwanda (movie)
Cinderella Man (movie)
Million Dollar Baby (movie)
Planning the Writing Assignment
Organization Options for Your Essay:
This video does well to explain three organizational methods:
- Block Structure
- Alternating Structure
- Integrated Structure (side by side analysis) <– this is most similar to work you’ve done