David Sedaris and Hugh Hamrick had markedly different experiences as children. C
David Sedaris and Hugh Hamrick had markedly different experiences as children. Compare and contrast your childhood with that of someone you know who was raised in another culture. For example, you might have a friend raised from a different religious perspective than yours or raised by parents with different value systems or expectations than those of your own family.
Use a prewriting strategy to generate some potential ideas for your essay. You may freewrite for 5-10 minutes as you did for the first essay, or you may use another strategy—keeping lists, brainstorming, clustering—introduced in Back to the Lake, Chapter 4: The Writing Process. Save the text you produced in this prewriting session to your computer or an external storage device.
Tip: In a comparison and contrast essay, a writer typically tries to explain the similarities between two things usually considered different, or he/she tries to explain the differences between two things thought of as alike. You are encouraged to review the sections “Composing an Essay That Compares and Contrasts” on pages 345-365 in Back to the Lake and “Generating Ideas: Asking How Two Things Are Alike or Different” for suggestions on brainstorming and narrowing your ideas to topics for a comparison and contrast essay.