Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts

Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts

Understanding the Texts

  • Begin by thoroughly reading each text to understand the content.
  • Highlight or note keywords and phrases that illustrate the main ideas and opinions.
  • Assess the context and purpose of each text. Different texts may have different reasons for being written - some are informational, some persuasive, etc.

Analysing the Texts

  • Identify the style and tone of the texts. This could include formal, informal, factual, opinionated, etc.
  • Assess the language and techniques used by the authors. These could include similes, metaphors, emotive language or rhetorical questions.
  • Consider if the texts use statistics or factual information to support their points. Are they reliable and relevant?

Comparing the Texts

  • Focus on similarities and differences in content, themes, viewpoints and language of the texts.
  • Use connectives like ‘also’, ‘whereas’, ‘on the other hand’, ‘likewise’ and ‘similarly’ to help make your comparative points clear.
  • Consider the effect of the texts on the reader. How do the texts make the reader feel, and what actions, if any, might they be persuaded to take?

Drawing Conclusions

  • Based on the comparison, draw conclusions about the different texts.
  • Synthesise the information from different texts to create an overview.
  • Make sure to use evidence from the text to support your conclusions.

Communicating Your Ideas

  • When explaining your comparison, be clear and concise. Avoid unnecessary waffling.
  • Ensure your answer is structured logically, typically it might include an introduction, comparison of main points, and conclusion.
  • Back up all statements you make with evidence from the texts. Use quotations to accurately represent the author’s words.

Remember the important point is to carefully read and compare the texts, draw conclusions based on evidence, and clearly communicate your comparison and conclusions.