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Technologyhas become integrated in the classroom in so many ways, that we often don't even think about how we are using it. The Education World Tech Team offers lessons and activities to help educators make better use of technology tools for instruction, and to help students improve their technology skills within the context of the regular curriculum.Included: Integration activities that utilize the Web, PowerPoint, Excel, digital photography, SMART Boards, and more.

In more and more schools today, technology is recognized as an instructional tool, not as a subject of instruction. Still, many educators, less familiar and less comfortable with technology than their students, struggle to seamlessly integrate a growing list of technology tools into their regular curriculum. So, to help you make the best use of technology in your schools and classrooms this year, we asked the Education World Tech Team to share some of their favorite technology integration lessons, activities, and strategies with you.

"Using technology in the classroom is becoming easier for teachers," instructional technology consultant Jamye Swinford told Education World. "Students are coming to class with more skills. Whether a teacher requires it or not, most students use technology for their projects."

Probably the technology tool used most often for student projects is the World Wide Web.


"The Internet has many sites that easily lend themselves to classroom integration," Swinford pointed out. "A favorite of mine,, has a Site of the Day section containing a wealth of useful and interesting Web sites. An archive also is available. Other useful sections of the site include a Thought of the Day, Word of the Day, and Current Events. All those sections provide a wealth of research and discussion opportunities.

"Refdesk also has links to newspapers, listed by state and country. Foreign language classes can access online news articles in the language being studied," Swinford continued. "Dictionary and thesaurus links also are easily accessible. Translation links are available too -- all in one place on one page. If a student or teacher needs a starting page to find resources, I definitely recommend this site."

"The Internet is loaded with activities for all types of classes," agreed high school science teacher John Tiffany. "I regularly try to integrate Internet-based activities into my astronomy class, my biology class, and my integrated science class for freshmen. Activities might include current readings on topics in the field, or activities that students can do. My astronomy class is small, so this year, I intend to give each student an e-mail account and post articles to my Web site. Students will respond individually, I'll post their responses, and have students respond to one another's postings."

"Many times, I worked with a science teacher to help students use the Internet to learn about planets, hurricanes, earthquakes, and so on," said retired K-8 computer teacher/coordinator Betty Kistler. "We would locate appropriate sites and then I would create a Web page for students to use. The science teacher sometimes came into the lab with his students and guided the research; other times, he used the Internet on a big screen in his classroom. Students sometimes worked in pairs to answer questions. I found that most teachers felt more secure using the Internet in the lab with me or in their classroom if I was there. As time went by, they became more confident and comfortable with the technology (and the technology became more reliable too)."

"In history," high school Webmaster Fred Holmes said, "a teacher might assign students to research different areas of a particular subject. Students would then go onto the Internet, collect pictures, information, and so on, and present the results of their research to the class. A study of Civil War battles would be an example of that type of activity; the teacher would assign groups different battles, the students would research their assigned battles, collect pictures, and then give a guided tour of the battlefield, telling what happened there."

Internet scavenger hunts are another way to integrate technology into almost any topic or subject area. "I have my older students create online scavenger hunts for younger students," noted computer coordinator Jennifer Wagner. "It improves my older students' research and typing skills, and provides lower grade teachers with extra activities for their students."

Fourth grade teacher Mary Kreul offered a number of Internet-based activities for all grade levels.

  • Visit the Web pages of state and local historical societies when studying your state or locality; learn about the region's history and famous citizens, and access current information about your area.
  • Puzzlemaker can be used by teachers and students alike to develop crossword puzzles, word searches, mazes, cryptograms, and more based on curriculum vocabulary and concepts.
  • ePals allows students to contact class or individual partners, work on writing skills, exchange weather information, compare communities, and make new friends around the world via e-mail.
  • Blogging is similar to an online diary; it provides a quick and easy way for teachers and students to share work, opinions, ideas, and information. Blogging can be used with 5- and 6-year-olds, with high school students, and with elementary age students. For more information about blogging, visit Weblogs in Education. 
  • Check the daily weather for the weather in states or countries students are studying in social studies; add a math connection by using a graphing program to chart temperatures, precipitation, or storms, and then compare the results to weather in your area.
  • Take virtual field trips to places connected to people or places students are learning about; for example Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Cleopatra's Palace, Alaska, or Appomattox.
  • The Library of Congress has wonderful collections of music (both sound files and sheet music) that can help your music department contribute to a study American History.


"PowerPoint is another technology tool that's exceptionally easy to use in the classroom," noted Jamye Swinford. "All kinds of research projects can be adapted to this application.

"If a teacher has experience," Swinford said, "presentation skills also can be emphasized. Besides standard presentations, such as slide shows, projects may be presented in an interactive way, using a game show format, for example. A student I know created "Millionaire Muslim Style," using a popular game show format to present facts about the Muslim religion. It was fun and everyone learned the information."

"Our students often used PowerPoint to accompany oral reports on curricular topics," added Betty Kistler. "Perhaps the best integrated project I participated in involved 8th graders looking at World War II posters on the Internet. Students analyzed the posters and related them to the history of that time. I modeled this using one poster, and then students picked two or three posters to focus on and used the Internet to research their posters. A couple of students assisted me (or did I assist them?) putting the posters into PowerPoint. In Social Studies class, groups of students who had focused on a particular poster discussed their thoughts. Then, each group presented its findings to the class, projecting the PowerPoint images up on the screen. The result was a lively and thoughtful discussion between the reporting groups and the rest of the class."

"Excel is another easily adaptable application," Swinford said. "Charts and graphs are a natural with Excel. This application can be used to tally results for any kind of question. Elementary students can enter results, create graphs, and compare and contrast their results.

"The natural graph structure of Excel can be used by students to create game boards or patterns," Swinford added. "Calendars or timelines also are easily created with Excel. Older students can create interactive lessons or activities. The database capabilities of Excel allow easy sorting and classifying of information."

"Spreadsheets, such as those created in Excel, also can be used in sociology and psychology to chart different observations," noted Fred Holmes.

Betty Kistler's sixth grade students used the Internet to obtain weather in a country they were studying in-depth over a period of time; they then used Excel to record and compare the weather in that country to their own.

"Facilitate students' ability to use word processors (depending on age, of course) and they can do a lot with technology on their own without taking up teacher time," Stew Pruslin said.

"Word processing is a standard application available in almost every school," Jamye Swinford agreed. "A word processing program can be used for desktop publishing; students can create newsletters and magazines, advertisements and flyers, even business cards.

"The drawing tools included in most word processing programs allow students to create pictures and logos, puzzles and more," Swinford said. "Stories can be illustrated. Cookbooks can be created with imported graphics or custom illustrations. Using the HTML conversion utilities, students can create Web pages from word processing documents. Interactive documents can be made with the use of hyperlinks.

"Word processing features, such as tracking and commenting, facilitate collaborative projects," Swinford added. "Tables are useful for collecting data and recording information. If a word processing program was the only application available, a teacher could have a technology-rich classroom with little effort."

"We did some keyboarding instruction beginning in grade 3, and then used the weekly spelling list for practice," noted Betty Kistler; "sort of like the old 'write the words 5 times' assignment. Students eventually became proficient with word processing for writing essays. In 6th grade, students used word processing to report on a week-long camping experience; in 7th grade, they learned to use columns to create a newspaper based on topics from colonial times."

"Students also can use a word processing program to record 'What I Learned This Week,' added preservice instructor Vicky Romano. "Each student types one or two sentences throughout the week; then on Friday, the teacher prints the entire document and sends it home."

"At a conference I attended on Writing Across the Curriculum, the keynote address, given by Dr. James R. Squire, was entitled Writing to Learn," education and instructional technology professor Bernie Poole told Education World. "The message was simple: the act of organizing ideas with a view to communicating in writing to others does more than simply demonstrate what knowledge we have. It activates, reinforces, and transforms, that knowledge.

"This is a powerful idea," Poole said. "Writing is a purposeful, often painstaking, process, the execution of which is perhaps the most educational cognitive activity in which we and our students can be engaged. It is a process appropriate to learners of all ages and all subject areas, right across the K-college curriculum and beyond.

"It seems to me that we can construct a powerful syllogism based on Dr. Squire's ideas about Writing to Learn, said Poole. "A syllogism is a logical argument (much revered by the ancient Greeks) that makes three propositions, the first two of which (premises) make the third (concluding) statement difficult to deny. Here's my syllogism:

"Statement 1: As Dr. Squires and others have shown, writing contributes significantly to the acquisition of knowledge;
Statement 2: No one today would dispute that the word processor is the most versatile writing implement yet invented;
Statement 3: We therefore can conclude that the word processor contributes significantly to the acquisition of knowledge.

"Make sense? I think it does. As teachers, we should do all we can to have our students use the word processor, e-mail, and chat rooms/instant messaging to write their brains out. Think about it. How many teachers require their students to write? If writing is such a powerful learning experience, shouldn't every teacher every day plan activities that involve writing? And if not, why not?

"So let's get our students using the computer across the curriculum, over and over, for assignments that involve them in 'writing their brains out.' Poole concluded."

"The most important thing is for the teacher to let their imagination go," said Fred Holmes. "If the idea works, great; if there are problems, the teacher can 'tweak' them along the way.

"Students can learn about the political process, for example, by working in groups to stage an election," Holmes suggested. "Each group might select a campaign manager, a candidate, and so on, and then create film ads promoting their candidates. Students can edit or enhance the ads using video capture and editing software, and then show the ads to their schoolmates and ask the student body to vote for the best candidate."

"Students also can import pictures from the Internet or scan drawings they created by hand or with a graphics program to add to their written reports," noted Betty Kistler.

"Digital cameras can be used to illustrate a variety of curricular topics, such as growing plants, changing seasons, and field trips," said Mary Kreul. "Digital photos can be printed, used to illustrate student writing, or included in a slide show or on a Web page."


Students, of course, aren't the only ones who get to use the fun stuff!

"I use a SMART Board and a projector to project PowerPoint presentations for my class," John Tiffany told Education World. "It's so convenient to stand up at the board and be able to click through a presentation by tapping on the screen. I also use SMART Board for brainstorming sessions with students. I allow them to come to the board and write their own ideas. If we're doing math problems, I allow students to come to the front and work out the assignments on the SMART Board. They enjoy doing that. I then can save their brainstorming ideas or work for future reference, rather than having to copy it or risk losing it, as would have been the case if I'd used a chalkboard. I also allow students to experiment with the SMART Board during down time.

"Using PowerPoint and a projector instead of an overhead and lecture notes is another use of technology that allows me to spice up my lectures," Tiffany said. "I can include pictures, sounds, sound bytes, and music to enhance the information I present.

"I also have a microscope that I've hooked up to my computer; the students are fascinated with it," added Tiffany. "It doesn't have the best resolution, but we have fun looking at things and trying to guess what they are. I've used it when I want to look at specific things to use as part of a lesson. It's a lot easier and quicker than setting up a microscope and having students take turns looking at something individually."

To promote technology use among their students, Jennifer Wagner recommends that teachers encourage online projects, visit other teachers' Web sites to see how they are integrating technology, and get together with other teachers on a bi-weekly basis to go through the curriculum and share ways they can use technology in their lessons.

Vicky Romano suggests that teachers hold 'office hours' one or two evenings a week via an online chat room, and answer questions from students and their families.


Of course, few school-based technology programs can succeed without the support and encouragement of school administrators.

"What I have found is that one of the most important indicators to tying technology-skill instruction to the curriculum, particularly at the K-12 level, is a firm grounding in technology standards on the part of administrators," Nicholas Langlie told Education World. "If administrators do not understand the scope of what they should know regarding technology, technology use will not be implemented successfully. If administrators cannot appreciate the scope of what is involved, how can they be expected to value the technology and align it with the curriculum? I do not believe they can.

"I believe that without informed leadership, most technology initiatives are fragmented and lack cohesion," said Langlie, Online Teaching/Learning Support at New York's Hudson Valley Community College. "I believe it to be very difficult to tie technology-skill instruction to the curriculum if you cannot pull together all the pieces and appreciate what it is doing in the bigger picture of the culture of learning you have in your school district."

"The best way to get technology integrated into the curriculum is to make sure your district's teachers are provided with lots and lots of training," added education technology specialist Robin Smith. "For the past four years, our teachers have been required to take 14 hours of technology training in the summer as part of their contract. We provide training at various times during the summer and teachers select the courses and times that are most convenient and beneficial to them. We also provide training during the school year.

"To be sure we are providing what teachers need, we have a committee of approximately 20 people, including both technophobic teachers and technology experts, as well as administrators, who determine what topics we need to provide training for. This summer," Smith noted, "the committee provided a full day of training for all teachers at each grade level. During the training, we provided a grid of benchmarks to be met for each grade, projects and activities they might do with their classes to meet those benchmarks, and evaluation sheets to ensure that teachers can show parents and administrators what skills students have successfully implemented and what deficiencies still need to be addressed.

"This summer, we also trained administrators to be are aware of what teachers should be doing and what they need to look for in the classroom to assure that their teachers are integrating technology," Smith said.

"I think the biggest things district need to remember," Smith said, "is that technology integration can't be accomplished overnight. It takes timebaby steps and lots of patience. Through training, time, strong administrative support and leadership, and long term planning, however, all schools can reach their goals for technology integration."

The Education World Tech Team includes more than 50 dedicated and knowledgeable educational-technology professionals who have volunteered to contribute to occasional articles that draw on their varied expertise and experience. The following Tech Team members contributed to this article:

* Mary Kreul, grade 4 teacher, Richards Elementary School, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
* Nicholas Langlie, online teaching/learning support, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York
* Bernard John Poole, Associate Professor of Education and Instructional Technology University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
* Victoria M. Romano, technology support and preservice instructor, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois
* Robin Smith, educational technology specialist, Hollidaysburg Area School District, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
* Jamye Swinford, instructional technology consultant, Regional Education Service Center, Midland, Texas
* John Tiffany, high school science teacher, Wauseon High School, Wauseon, Ohio
* Jennifer Wagner, computer coordinator, Crossroads Christian School, Corona, California

Article by Linda Starr
Education World®
Copyright © Education World

Updated 06/14/2011

Let's say your high school or college teacher haven't assigned the topic for your assignment. It means you can choose compare and contrast essay topics by conducting in-depth research, asking for advice, or hiring a professional academic writer to help. It is simpler than deciding on the most relevant argumentative or scientific subject. However, every high grade expects a quality content written on the interesting essay topic; it is critical to learn how to write a compare and contrast essay and choose appropriate ideas to discuss.

Do not be trivial! The article you see now will help you to avoid confusing and banal essay topics. In addition to the list of the top-rated themes, we will share different links to websites with great examples and online writing help.


Students will find some good points and ideas necessary for the development of a good school or college comparative essay. Online academic writing help is always available to lend a helping hand when it seems like the assignment is impossible to complete.

How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay: Major Principles

The answer to the disturbing question like how to write a compare and contrast essay begins with the structure of this type of academic writing. It has the same structure as other types of academic papers with the few major differences. Introduction with the powerful hook and thesis statement remains the same. In your conclusion, reword the thesis and summarize the arguments used to defend the main idea of the paper. The body paragraphs are different. It depends on whether the author focuses more on differences, similarities, or tries to balance with both.

Take a look at a couple of images below to realize how to write a paper of this type based on our examples.

How to Choose Compare and Contrast Essay Topics Wisely?

The most effective, time-tested way to select essay topics in case your teacher did not give some is through researching different types of sources:

  • Newspapers. A student can find an endless source of great ideas. They are related to the ongoing world’s events, latest innovations, expert opinions, political fluctuations, and other fields. Pay attention to both columns, interviews, and analysis composed by an authoritative person from politics, economy, and other aspects of human life;
  • News channels. Turn on your favorite channel not to watch favorite TV show this time. Learn about the contemporary problems and try to think about an interesting topic idea spending something around half an hour of your precious time.
  • Magazines/Journals. If you are not a great fan of politics, religion, or economics, try to find some good ideas in the recent magazines/journals. Check the rubrics dedicated to entertainment, technology, teen life, and sports.
  • Internet. It should be the greatest source of all ideas collected in the previous types of primary sources altogether.
  • Do not forget to attend various seminars, conferences, meetings to learn more about the things going on in the world and recently discussed by the society.

Professional Advice:

“Before starting the topic, organize the thoughts in a logical manner. Develop some kind of a chart/graph/table to have a visual picture of how the final draft should look like. In this type of academic writing, it is important to focus on the comparable qualities & characteristics of the subjects/events/people to impress the target audience. It means the author should pick original criteria to draw parallels or stressing the gap between the objects.”

Professor Beverly Thompson, online English tutor and golden writer at NerdyMates

Students will not understand how to write a compare and contrast essay without memorizing and using properly so-called signal words. Those are transition words. In other types of essays, it is important to join different sections like body paragraphs and conclusion in a whole piece with the help of special words/phrases. Find the list of signal words below.

Compare and Contrast Essay Topics on Famous People

It is time to answer the main question of our reader, “What are some good compare and contrast essay topics?”

World-known people like different celebrities and political figures have always attracted the attention of ordinary citizens. It's a great chance for every writer to catch an eye of the reader by describing and comparing the life of various American authorities.

You do not necessarily need to analyze the life of people from the same region or field of activity. Many students find it exciting to take a person from real life and a book or movie character. It leaves space for imagination. Have enough ideas to write your five-paragraph essay:

  1. Madonna and Celine Dion. While the first woman is a self-made American singer, the same can be said about her Canadian fellow singer. By comparing these two, you draw parallels between the American and Canadian pop stage.
  2. Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Even though these historical figures widely known to the public were from the opposing camps, there are more similarities between them than you can think.
  3. Peter Griffin vs. Homer Simpson. The two American television shows, "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" are alike by showing the disadvantages of the nation and laughing at the public stereotypes. However, one of the shows is still more radical.
  4. Bugs Bunny and Charlie Chaplin. As the time passes by, these figures remain the symbol of their time and entire American culture. It would be interesting to write about the similarities and differences between their comic images.
  5. Online ads VS traditional ways to promote goods/services. How these methods affect lives of different popular people
  6. Hobbes or Locke. English philosophers’ roles regarding the contribution of each to the study of political science
  7. Batman VS Superman. The reasons why Batman won in the famous movie
  8. Start Wars modern episodes or episodes of 1970’s. Comparison of graphic, actors, plot, visual effects, music, sound effects, habits, etc
  9. Plato or Socrates. Decide which one contributed more to the philosophical research
  10. Putin & Obama. Differences in the political regime and economics offered by each president

Religion, Anthropology, and AP World History Compare & Contrast Essay Topics

Religion is often a taboo topic to discuss. Public schools and colleges have subjects dedicated to religion. Students are encouraged to write about it. Religion, history, and anthropology are closely related. You may choose AP world history compare and contrast essay that covers all three dimensions to enrich your essay.

Here we go with several good examples recommended by high school and college students:

  1. Discuss World War I and World War II. It is a traditional debate. Many people find the two wars similar, but historians point to a great number of differences such as main factors, actual causes, and consequences. Explain why World War II was much worse and terrifying.
  2. President Obama and President Kennedy. Mass media tends to draw parallels between both political figures very often. It is time to find out why.
  3. Ancient Greece Ancient Rome. All ideas related to the offered topic are good enough because these civilizations have a great impact on the modern world. Cover Greek and Roman mythology, describe their traditional public events, a way of living, differences and similarities in poetry, and influence on the modern American society.
  4. 18th Century Living VS Modern Life. Are American people freer now and how is a modern society divided into classes? What are the advantages of e-mail in contrast to the traditional mailing they used back in the 18th century?
  5. Frenemies. The way famous political competitors, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson acted often reminded of both friendship and rivalry – which one is correct?
  6. American Revolution VS French Revolution. Both held back in the VIII century, and both are having similarities & differences.
  7. The Salem Witch Trials & McCarthy Era in the US history. How they treated people accused of witchcraft in 2 different historical events.
  8. The idyllic period in the US history is the middle of XX century while the 1960s is known as a tumultuous decade.
  9. Ancient Greece VS Ancient Rome. Which civilization had a greater impact on the development of contemporary culture & art?
  10. 3 different branches of Christianity. Common issues, major differences, similarities, examples of traditions, etc.


Political Essay Compare and Contrast Themes

These topics cover political science and cultural life of different countries. It is time to evaluate political regimes of different countries. Analyze the countries with the echo of communism and those where capitalism dominates; countries where women and men have equal rights versus countries where women are limited to their rights and freedoms.

  1. Classical Theory of Karl Marx against Modern Capitalistic Movement. Financial and political theories change with the flow of time. High school and college students have to understand the way economics work to get the ideas of different political regimes.
  2. The war in Syria/Military Situation in Ukraine. The countries could make a union based on the fact they are both regularly attacked by two other hostile countries. However, Ukraine is not officially involved in the war, they say. Research what media shares and analyze the given cases.
  3. The government of China VS The government of Korea. Both of these nations suffer from the consequences of communism. The second country, specifically North Korea, supports this political regime more than China. What is different and what's in common?
  4. Welfare Programs in the United States vs. Welfare Programs in the United Kingdom. Although high school and college students believe that these countries look alike in many senses, any related book or movie will show how wrong they are.
  5. Al Qaeda VS the Islamic State. Which of the terroristic organizations have a greater threat to the world’s peace?
  6. Legal systems in the United States & Canada: Are they too different in terms of laws, regulations, preventive measures, and other?
  7. Marriage VS civil union. Which of these types of a partnership between two people in love is less threatening to the image of political figure?
  8. Debit cards and credit cards: The role of government in establishing various payment methods and responsibility it has in case of any rule break
  9. Private & public companies. The obligations American government have concerning each of these types of organizations
  10. Political regime today and back in the 1950s: Things that changed for better and situations that got worse
The example of a Political Compare and Contrast Essay:

Compare and Contrast Essay Topics for 6th Grade

Students who study in the sixth grade have to receive the simplest homework assignments and compare and contrast essay topics for 6th grade as they lack the experience to analyze something more complex than these:

  1. Winter or summer: More gorgeous season of year
  2. Christmas in another country/Christmas at home
  3. Juice VS water: While water may be healthier, juices are tastier and…
  4. Dogs and wolves: Similarities & differences
  5. Weeds and flowers: Why one cannot exist without another
  6. Eastern or Western USA: Living in both parts in different period of time
  7. Comic books or novels: The once which is more interesting to read
  8. Tennis VS ping pong: Your favorite game out of two
  9. Watching TV instead of reading a book: Difference/similarity in impressions
  10. Male friends or female friends: Based on such factors as loyalty, sincerity, bravery, and more

Compare and Contrast Topics for Middle School

Have a look at the list of compare and contrast topics for middle school!

  1. King Author VS Zeus. One of them is a way cooler than another one
  2. Comparison of the role models in 1950s with modern role models
  3. How does it feel to watch favorite movies in the cinema and watching films at home?
  4. The correlation between famous dictators & school bullies
  5. The consequences of tsunami might be worse than the consequences of hurricane
  6. Prom Night, Halloween Night, & Christmas Night: Which holiday is more fun?
  7. Car driving or bicycle driving: Which experience is more difficult?
  8. 3-star hotels or 5-star hotels: Reasons to choose each of them
  9. Things the early spacemen had in common with Christopher Columbus
  10. People who influence teenagers most of all: Parents and celebrities

Compare and Contrast Essay Topics for High School Students

If you don't need specific ideas for academic papers, look at the list of general essay topics shared by successful college students. Now, we continue with compare and contrast essay topics for high school.

  1. Fiction or Non-Fiction Literature: Write about which type of literary works is more helpful for college students and why.
  2. Assess High School Examinations & College Tests. What is more important? Which styles are recommended to be used in academic writing when studying in different educational institutions? When is it easier to cheat?
  3. Traditional Learning or Online Learning: Do you find it helpful to be able to take college courses online? Is a traditional way of teaching still better and more effective?
  4. Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots: Which of the professional sports clubs is more authoritative and loved by high school students?
  5. Determine the effectiveness of online advertising and TV ads. What type of advertising channel is more influential on children?
  6. Printed books/e-Books: Which type of material might be more useful for the modern high school students?
  7. Wooden houses or story buildings. The significance of each type of construction
  8. Major differences and similarities between Portugal & Spain: Where is it better to have a vacation nowadays?
  9. American vision of beauty compared to Japanese vision of beauty: Discuss the standards based on the most recent beauty queens plus handsome men
  10. How rock music has changed: Rock music of early XX century and nowadays

Compare and Contrast Essay Topics for College Students

Finally, there are many ways you can analyze the life with family and on a college campus; important things to consider while studying at school and in university; passing SAT and taking TOEFL; etc. Enjoy the list of 10 compare and contrast essay topics for college students!

  1. Comparing Life with Parents to Living on Campus: In your essay, write the details about two ways of student's life. Share ideas on why you prefer one of the options (pros and cons of both).
  2. Where is academic rigor the greatest when it comes to comparing high school education and college learning.
  3. While Fall is the season of college arrivals, Spring is the time for student departures. Features of different educational seasons.
  4. Having a look at the meals students get at high school/college and the food they obtain at home from their family members. Which is tastier?
  5. The remote learning courses slowly replace conventional classes in college. Pros & cons of going technological.
  6. Living at home with parents compared to living on the college campus on the example of laundry service, cooking, and other everyday household activities.
  7. Manufacturing jobs against service sector jobs. A right choice of the college student
  8. Part-time jobs VS seasonal jobs: Pros & cons of each option
  9. Private colleges or public education: Reasons to make all educational institutions public in the United States
  10. Advanced placement classes: Better or worse than honors classes?

Easy Compare and Contrast Essay Topics

If you do not want to go deep into the details breaking the head against the wall, choose one of the easy compare and contrast essay topics!

  1. Twilight & Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Analyze both shows’ characters
  2. It by Stephen King: Review book with the film
  3. Julius Caesar & Macbeth: Do these people have anything in common?
  4. Realism & modernism. Simple similarities & differences
  5. Poetry VS prose: List literary elements that make these genres different
  6. Life in a big city compared to village life: Discuss where people are healthier, kinder, more honest, etc.
  7. Donald Trump against Hilary Clinton: The one who should have won the latest presidential elections in the United States
  8. Real Madrid & Barcelona: Advantages + disadvantages of both Spanish football clubs
  9. iPhone VS Android mobile devices: Benefits Android users obtain against benefits iPhone users get
  10. Tablets or textbooks in school: Advantages each of these devices have when it comes to the process of learning

Things to Compare and Contrast

The last category contains the names of subjects only. Those are some great things to compare and contrast!

  1. Jails & Asylums
  2. Renaissance and Baroque Art
  3. Star Wars & Star Trek
  4. American Dad VS Family Guy
  5. Apple or Pineapple
  6. Moon and Sun
  7. Greek VS Scandinavian Mythology
  8. Communism against Capitalism
  9. New England Colonies or Southern Colonies (it is possible to add Middle Colonies)
  10. Fiction VS Non-Fiction

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