The paper is required to be 600 to 900 words, times new roman, 12 point font, double spaced. Reference page is required, is not part of the word count, and must be either APA, Chicago, MLA or ASA. Understanding the basics of compare/contrast: The Thesis Statement The thesis statement is the hardest and most important sentence in a paper. It identifies the topic and purpose of the paper. Thesis statements should always be written in third person.
There are two kinds of thesis statements: a basic thesis statement and a listing thesis statement. Basic Thesis Statement Example Despite news media vilifying immigrants as criminals, Sociologists and Criminologists found that immigrant groups produce less crime than native born citizens. Mexican-American immigrants in particular have lower crime rates compared to black and whites. Listing Thesis Statement Example By contrasting inner city crime decline, cultural and social implications, family structure and political scapegoating, it is clear that Mexican-Americans produce less crime than that stated in mainstream news outlets. The listing thesis statement acts like a checklist. The information should be covered in the order listed in the thesis statement. Thus, the first body paragraph would be on crime, the second social and cultural implications, and the third on politics. You should have at least three criterion that you use to compare or contrast.