101 Compare and Contrast Essay Topics

Great Ideas for Essays

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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 also students develop critical thinking skills to approach a variety of topics. There are a number of resources on that can help when teaching compare/contrast essays including:

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