Discuss the selected similarities and differences (2-4 which will be the main ideas) in the context of a clear and arguable thesis statement Use 2-4 main ideas (specific similarities and/or differences) to make some kind of overall judgment about the websites.

Museum Field Trip Comparison/Contrast EssayPurposeThe purpose of this assignment is to learn how to compose a comparison/contrast essay that makes a clear point, is supported by several main ideas, and is organized into (at minimum) a five-paragraph essay.Learn to identify significant similarities and differences between two websitesPractice analyzing similarities and differences instead of merely describing themDiscuss the selected similarities and differences (2-4 which will be the main ideas) in the context of a clear and arguable thesis statementUse 2-4 main ideas (specific similarities and/or differences) to make some kind of overall judgment about the websites.Learning the skills involved in writing this essay will help prepare you for future college work. Comparison/Contrast assignments are common in college, the workplace, and in our personal lives. For example, buying a new car or phone often requires comparing and contrasting different models in order to make the best purchase.TaskWrite a 1000-word essay that compares and contrasts two of the websites listed at the bottom of this page.Visit the websites listed below.Select two of the websites below to compare and contrast for your essay.Select several (2-4) specific aspects of the websites.These specific aspects (such as navigation, visual appeal, and user-friendliness) will be the essay’s main ideas.A good way to approach the essay is to decide which website makes you want to visit the museum or gallery the most.Organize your main ideas to establish the essay’s pattern of organization.Your main ideas (aspects being compared and contrasted) must be clearly organized.Select either the chunking or sequencing (point-by-point) method of organization (p. 500-501 in SMG).This organization of ideas needs to be presented near the end of your introduction.The order of ideas and website titles established in the introduction should be followed throughout the essay.Compose at least 5 well-developed paragraphs that support a clear and arguable thesis.5-paragraph minimum requirementintroduction paragraphthree body paragraphsconclusion paragraphThe essay must make a point with its comparison/contrast. This overall point will be the thesis statement.Do not merely list details for each website.You could argue that one site is more effective than the other or that you preferred one site to the other, etc.Please consult your textbook and/or your instructor for additional help with the thesis.Create a Works Cited page.The final page of the essay should be the Works Cited page.See the sample Works Cited page provided at the end of the MLA section in your handbook and on pages 672-673 of the SMG.The two museum websites must be cited on the WC page.The WC page and any use of sources is worth 25% of the essay’s grade.In-Text CitationsQuotations are not required for this essay.Discuss your own observations instead of using specific material from the websites.If you quote from a web page (or from anywhere else), you must follow MLA guidelines to do so.Be sure to enclose your source’s exact words in quotation marks.If you quote, paraphrase, or summarize specific content from a website (or any source), provide in-text citations as well as the WC page.See the MLA section of your handbook if you incorporate quotations, paraphrases, and/or summaries.Please Note: If you are not familiar with the qualities that make a website effective, consider what appeals to you when you visit a website. For example: Do you want websites to be mobile responsive for easy viewing on your smart phone? Do you appreciate visually appealing design, fonts, images, and videos? Do you need to find information quickly?There are many, many web pages and articles that discuss effective web design, so a quick Google search will give you some ideas of how to evaluate a website. This article from Business News Daily is one example: “10 tips for Building an Effective Business Website” (Fabian, 2019).This essay is not a test of your knowledge of web design. It asks you to compare and contrast two websites from your point-of-view and based on your own experience. Focus on what strikes you as you visit these museum websites. What do you like? What annoys you? Students often quickly notice layout, organization, colors, virtual tour options, etc. Select your criteria/points of comparison-contrast based on your own experience of touring the two websites you selected.Please contact your instructor or a librarian for help selection criteria for comparing and contrasting.Criteria for SuccessA successful essay:Meets the basic requirements of the assignmentHas been written by the student submitting the essay, for this class, and for this semesterDoes not contain plagiarism of any kindHas a clear thesis, main ideas, and pattern of organizationDiscusses several points of comparison/contrast and makes an overall point about them and the websitesIncludes a WC page as its last pageHas been carefully edited and proofread to minimize documentation, grammatical, and other editing errorsFollows MLA style and guidelines (spacing, indent, margins, etc.).The essay will be graded with the Grading Rubric for Essays. Please familiarize yourself with this rubric before you submit your essay. Here is the condensed version of the rubric:ElementsScoredPointsPossiblePointsEarnedContent 50Organization 50Editing 50Documentation 50Total Points 200Select 2 websites from the lists below. If you wish to use a museum website not on these lists, email me the link for approval.U.S. TOURFrist Center for the Visual Arts: Link to Frist WebsiteMetropolitan Museum of Art: Link to MET WebsiteCrow Museum of Asian Art: Link to Crow Museum WebsiteThe Smithsonian: Link to Smithsonian Website (choose one museum)There are 19 Smithsonian museums, so pick a specific museum (not just “Smithsonian”).This link takes you to the page that lists all of the Smithsonian options. Choose just one.The National Gallery of Art: Link to NGA WebsitePérez Art Museum Miama: Link to PAMMAmerican Museum of Natural History: Link to AMNH WebsiteThe National WWII Museum: Link to National WWII MuseumJapanese American National Museum: Link to JANMInternational Spy Museum: Link to Spy MuseumNational Museum of the American Indian: Link to NMAIChildren’s Museum Indianapolis: Link to Children’s Museum IndianapolisFernbank Children’s Museum: Link to Fernbank MuseumNaismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Link to Naismith Hall of Fame WebsiteINTERNATIONAL TOUR (select English option when necessary to translate websites)The Tate Gallery: Link to Tate WebsiteThe Louvre: Link to Louvre WebsiteThe El Prado Museum: Link to El Prado WebsiteThe Egyptian Museum: Link to the Egyptian Museum WebsiteImperial War Museums: IWM LondonGerman Spy Museum Berlin: Link to German Spy MuseumMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Bellas Artes ArgentinaMuseo Nacional de Antropologia: National Museum of Anthropology Mexico CityFIFA World Football Museum: Link to FIFA Museum
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