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Comparative Essay

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To unlock this achievement you must submit a piece of developed written literary analysis that compares more than one text on the basis of their use of language or their examination of theme. The essay must exceed 1000 words in length and conform to the following writing criteria:

Remember to review the annotated exemplars below to see what this criteria looks like in practice

Form (Comparative Essay)

  • Writing is extended in form – piece pursues a balanced line of reasoning
  • Writing employs standard English diction and uses a transactional style
  • Ideas are linked effectively using appropriate discourse markers
  • Deliberate selection of tense and viewpoint


  • The essay follows a clear paragraph structure with an introduction and conclusion
  • Paragraphs are used to clearly delineate ideas


  • Paragraphs make a clear point
  • Paragraphs each contain a valid line of reasoning
  • The essay uses quotations to support the argument/understanding
  • Literary and linguistic features of all texts are addressed in equal and sufficient detail.
  • Literary and linguistic features of each text are compared and clearly delineated, giving the reader a clear sense of the similarities and/or differences between them.
  • The essay is tightly focussed on the question


  • Spelling is accurate in most words with few lapses, even in uncommon/technical language
  • Complex sentence structure is employed to add nuance and clarity to the comparative analysis
  • Punctuation features are used consistently and correctly and in some instances are used to illuminate the analysis

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