A compare and contrast essay is easy. You just compare and contrast two things. Yet most students fail at a compare and contrast essay, because they don’t have fun with it. They, simply, in a very straight forward way, compare two things, hand the paper in and Thank God that assignment is over. And if the student didn’t have fun writing the essay, just painfully compared and contrasted two things, the teacher reading it is BORED. It boils down to a simple fact. If you had fun writing the essay, your reader will have fun reading it. If you just suffered through the essay, tossed some words on paper and then handed it in, do you think your reader will enjoy the paper?
Anyway – lecture over. Here is a sample compare contrast essay. Have FUN reading it.
Fishing Beats Golf
Fishing is better than golf. I like to fish because it involves no balls. If a sport involves a ball, you probably don’t want to do it, because that means you have to chase, hit, run, spike, shoot, catch, stroke or do some activity with the ball. Way too much work. Not that I am lazy – okay I am lazy. I didn’t used to be lazy, I played baseball in college. But wait – I played baseball as it involved a lot of sitting and very little running. All this proves is that I started off lazy and have just gotten worse.
But the whole ball concept is why fishing is better than golf. In golf, for no apparent reason, you hit a ball. And if you are very good, you hit the ball a long way. Hello – think what you just did. Now you have to walk 400 miles or feet or whatever and hit the ball again. Which means you have to walk and hit the ball again. Some days, if you are crazy and play more than 18 holes, you can actually walk a few miles just chasing a ball you hit. Oh that sounds like a lot of FUN.
Whereas, in fishing, you put a chair at the end of the dock, throw your line in the water and – here is where a bit of exercise is involved – you open a beer. Any sport that involves alcohol and no balls is all right with me.
Let’s talk equipment. Actually I know very little about golf equipment except it involves a lot of clubs and some are called irons and some are called Woods, even though all the “Woods” are made out of metal. And some of the Woods are not Woods, but they are Drivers which mean that they have gigantic club heads, big enough to start a small apartment complex on. And golfers are nuts, they have about a thousand irons and a few hundred woods and yet they are always shopping for more clubs. How many do you need to hit the ball into the water, a sand trap or over the green – I would think one or two clubs, considering the way most people play golf, would do it. But the good news is that when you hit the ball over the green, you get to WALK and hit the damn ball again.
Again that is why I like fishing more than golf. You need one fishing rod which you can buy at Wal-Mart for 12 bucks. Buy a pack of fake worms, a few hooks, maybe a few bobbers and sinkers, and for about 20 bucks you are ready to go fishing. It ain’t complicated. You don’t have to stand in the hot sun, calculate how far it is to the next hole, pick out the right club, hit the ball into the woods, go into the woods, find your ball , get infected by some poison ivy, throw the ball on the fairway, hit the ball into a sand trap, walk to the sand trap, miss the ball, have a bunch of sand fly in your face , hit the ball into the water, pull the scuba diving suit out of your golf bag, dive into the water, get attacked by fish which look a lot like piranhas, go to the emergency room, get placed on life support … well you get the idea.
My point is fishing is simple. You sit down, throw the line into the water and wait. If you are lucky, you can drink a few beers, get a nice tan and not catch a fish. Because catching a fish would involve work, actually hauling the fish in, unhooking the fish and throwing it back into the water. And if you are willing to do that much work, before you know it, you will be playing some sport involving a ball and it’s all downhill from there.