In a compare or contrast essay, the organization of your points is very important. If you choose to use the block organization, you have to present all of the information about the first thing in the first paragraph and all of the information on the second thing in the second paragraph. If you choose the point-by-point style, you would alternate talking about the first point and how it compares and contrasts to the second point.
Examine samples of comparison or contrast essays and decide whether the authors make block or point-by-point arrangements. Notice how the author writes a compare and contrast essay. Is it with five or four paragraphs? Noticing these factors will help you become a more conscious writer.
The Structure of a Compare or Contrast Essay - writing@itu