This weeks assessment task is a compare/contrast essay.

word length: 300-350 words
due date: tbc
topic: compare and contrast 2 cultures

These websites may be helpful for you when comparing and contrasting two countries:

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries.jsp
http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2119rank.html

watch: wealth inequality in the US

http://mashable.com/2013/03/02/wealth-inequality/#m!5aee

Organisation.

you can choose either:

- point by point organisation

- block organisation

Suppose you are interested in showing the differences between vacationing in the mountains and vacationing at the beach.
One way to arrange your material is to use the block arrangement which is to write about vacationing in the mountains in one paragraph and vacationing at the beach in the next. If you mention a particular point in the mountains paragraph, you must mention the same point in the beach paragraph, and in the same order. Study the following outline, which shows this kind of organization. The introductory paragraph is followed by the mountains paragraph, the beach paragraph, then the conclusion; the fully developed essay is just four paragraphs.
||||<Block Arrangement (four paragraphs)
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I.
Introduction in which you state your purpose which is to discuss the differences between vacationing in the mountains or at the beach
II.
Mountain A. Climate B. Types of Activities C. Location
III.
Beach A. Climate B. Types of Activities C. Location
IV.
Conclusion

A second way to organize this material is to discuss a particular point about vacationing in the mountains and then immediately to discuss the same point about vacationing at the beach. This is called point-by-point or alternating arrangement. An outline of this organization follows.
||||Point-by-Point or Alternating Arrangement (five paragraphs)
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I.
Introduction in which you state your purpose which is to discuss differences between vacationing in the mountains or at the beach
II.
First difference between mountains and beaches is climate A. Mountains B. Beach
III.
Second difference between mountains and beaches are types of activities A. Mountains B. Beach
IV.
Third difference between mountains and beaches is the location A. Mountains B. Beach
V.
Conclusion