In addition, these essays allow students develop critical thinking skills to approach a variety of topics.
For one thing, they are relatively easy to teach, understand, and format.
Students can typically understand the structure with just a short amount of instruction.
Du Bois as a set up to their ideas as to how best to achieve African American equality in the United States in the early 20th Century.
Compare and contrast essays are taught in school for many reasons.
Both Hitler and Stalin were dictators who achieved a high level of power during WWI and WWII.
Both men were behind innumerable human atrocities that killed millions of innocent people.
But surprising comparisons—such as those between fictional characters and real-life people or between people from different epochs—can lead to the most interesting essays.
When you successfully make those unlikely connections, readers will be awestruck by your sheer brilliance.
Both Edward Snowden and Julius Caesar played an instrumental role in the inevitable demise of the powerful institutions in which they functioned—Snowden the 21st century United States of America and Caesar the Roman Republic.
Snowden fights for the rights of the people, while Caesar fought against the people in his quest for ultimate power.