Wednesday, May 29, 2013

GUIDED COMPARISON CONTRAST ESSAY: TEAM SPORTS AND INDIVIDUAL SPORTS



 The Task: Compare and contrast team sports and individual sports in terms of the contributions they make to a person’s physical and mental well being.
In your introduction, introduce sports as a pass time and a vocation, discuss various kinds of sports, divide them in to two categories – team sports and individual sports – and write a thesis statement signaling the comparison.
Thesis Statement: There are various similarities and differences between team sports and individual sports in terms of the contributions they make to a person’s physical and mental well being.
In the first paragraph of your development, compare the two groups of sports in terms of the contributions they make to one’s physical well being.
Similarities: physical fitness, weight control, all round good health
Reasons for the above: regular exercise, healthy eating habits
Examples: from both kinds of sports
Differences: In the case of team sports, transfer to the couch facing a TV at some point; in the case of individual sports no such restriction.
Reasons: Work pressure, difficulty of organizing two teams, finding a playing field; i.e., practical considerations.
Examples: Football, Hoops versus swimming, jogging or tennis
In the second paragraph of your development, compare the two groups of sports in terms of the contributions they make to a person’s mental well being.
Similarities: Dealing with stress, a release for pent up energy, sleeping well, relaxation and the like.
Reasons for the above: Exercise helps eliminate signs of physical stress, ensures a good night’s sleep and the like.
Examples: Provide an example of how one feels after doing a sport for a reasonable length of time.
Differences:  In the case of team sports, socialization, cooperative team work, discovering one’s strengths and weaknesses, friendships that carry on, tolerance, respect for achievement and the like; in the case of individual sports, testing the limits of one’s endurance, pitting oneself against nature and wining, stretching oneself and improving one’s personal best, determination and the like.
Reasons: Provide explanations to show clearly how these developments take place.
Examples: No explanation is complete without an example.
In your conclusion, either have a restatement or suggest that the choice of sport depends on individual personality perhaps. Advocate more emphasis on games in school for a healthier future generation. Be careful not to repeat yourself.

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