101 Compare and Contrast Essay Topics

Great Ideas for Essays

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Which sport is better: Football or Soccer?. Left: Jim Rogash / Getty Images; Right: Alex Grimm / Bongarts / Getty Images

Compare and contrast essays are taught in school for many reasons. 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. In addition, these essays allow students develop critical thinking skills to approach a variety of topics. 

Following is a list of 101 topics for compare and contrast essays that you are welcome to use in your classroom.

As you look through the list you will see that some items are academic in nature while others are included for interest-building and fun writing activities.

  1. Apple vs. Microsoft
  2. Coke vs Pepsi
  3. Renaissance Art vs. Baroque Art
  4. Antebellum Era vs. Reconstruction Era in American History
  5. Childhood vs. Adulthood
  6. Star Wars vs. Star Trek
  7. Biology vs. Chemistry
  8. Astrology vs. Astronomy
  9. American Government vs. British Government (or any world government)
  10. Fruits vs. Vegetables
  11. Dogs vs. Cats
  12. Ego vs. Superego
  13. Christianity vs. Judaism (or any world religion)
  14. Republican vs. Democrat
  15. Monarchy vs. Presidency
  16. US President vs. UK Prime Minister
  17. Jazz vs. Classical Music
  18. Red vs. White (or any two colors)
  19. Soccer vs. Football
  20. North vs. South Before the Civil War
  21. New England Colonies vs. Middle Colonies OR vs. Southern Colonies
  22. Cash vs. Credit Cards
  23. Sam vs. Frodo Baggins
  24. Gandalf vs. Dumbledore
  25. Fred vs. Shaggy
  26. Rap vs. Pop
  27. Articles of Confederation vs. US Constitution
  1. Henry VIII vs. King Louis XIV
  2. Stocks vs. Bonds
  3. Monopolies vs. Oligopolies
  4. Communism vs. Capitalism
  5. Socialism vs. Capitalism
  6. Diesel vs. Petroleum
  7. Nuclear Power vs. Solar Power
  8. Saltwater Fish vs. Freshwater Fish
  9. Squids vs. Octopus
  10. Mammals vs. Reptiles
  11. Baleen vs. Toothed Whales
  12. Seals vs. Sea Lions
  13. Crocodiles vs. Alligators
  1. Bats vs. Birds
  2. Oven vs. Microwave
  3. Greek vs. Roman Mythology
  4. Chinese vs. Japanese
  5. Comedy vs. Drama
  6. Renting vs. Owning
  7. Mozart vs. Beethoven
  8. Online vs. Traditional Education
  9. North vs. South Pole
  10. Watercolor vs. Oil
  11. 1984 vs. Fahrenheit 451
  12. Emily Dickinson vs. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. WEB DuBois vs. Booker T. Washington
  14. Strawberries vs. Apples
  15. Airplanes vs. Helicopters
  16. Hitler vs. Napoleon
  17. Roman Empire vs. British Empire
  18. Paper vs. Plastic
  19. Italy vs. Spain
  20. Baseball vs. Cricket
  21. Jefferson vs. Adams
  22. Thoroughbreds vs. Clydesdales
  23. Spiders vs. Scorpions
  24. Northern Hemisphere vs. Southern Hemisphere
  25. Hobbes vs. Locke
  26. Friends vs. Family
  27. Dried Fruit vs. Fresh
  28. Porcelain vs. Glass
  29. Modern Dance vs. Ballroom Dancing
  30. American Idol vs. The Voice
  31. Reality TV vs. Sitcoms
  32. Picard vs. Kirk
  33. Books vs. Movies
  34. Magazines vs. Comic Books
  35. Antique vs. New
  36. Public vs. Private Transportation
  37. e-Mail vs. Letters
  38. Facebook vs. Twitter
  39. Coffee vs. an Energy Drink
  40. Toads vs. Frogs
  41. Profit vs. Non-Profit
  42. Boys vs. Girls
  43. Birds vs. Dinosaurs
  44. High School vs. College
  45. Chamberlain vs. Churchill
  46. Offense vs. Defense
  47. Jordan vs. Bryant
  48. Harry vs. Draco
  49. Roses vs. Carnations
  50. Poetry vs. Prose
  51. Fiction vs. Nonfiction
  52. Lion vs. Tiger
  53. Vampires vs. Werewolves
  54. Lollipops vs. popsicles
  55. Summer vs. Winter
  56. Recycling vs. Landfill
  1. Motorcycle vs. Bicycle
  2. Halogen vs. Incandescent
  3. Newton vs. Einstein
  4. Go on vacation vs. Staycation
  5. Rock vs. Scissors