Write a comparative analysis of “It Takes a Tribe” and “Goths in Tomorrowland.”
Essay 1: Comparative Analysis
Description: 900-1,000 words, plus an MLA-formatted Works Cited page
Sources: David Berreby’s “It Takes a Tribe” and Thomas Hine’s “Goths in Tomorrowland”
Total Points: 150
Due Date: Thesis statement due T 9-11; Rough draft (3 copies) due S 9-16; Final draft due Th 9-20
Write a comparative analysis of “It Takes a Tribe” and “Goths in Tomorrowland.” Your analysis will support a claim
about an insightful relationship between the two essays. This relationship should focus on how the two authors
use particular textual elements to accomplish the purposes of their essays. To do so, rely on concrete details from
the texts in your analysis to establish the significance (the “So What?”) of this relationship.
• Building on your work from SA1 and SA2, consider the language, audience, and structure of each essay.
You may use and expand upon material from earlier assignments to provide a basis for this essay.
• Use your Tools for Textual Analysis (Canvas) to identify key textual elements, Notice and Focus (WA 17-
18) to identify interesting similarities or differences and The Method (WA 25-32) to identify patterns of
repetition and contrast. These skills should help you see a relationship between the essays that is not
immediately obvious. (Be sure to review WA 108-111 and 271-72 on comparison/contrast and our Tools
for Textual Analysis as you think through this relationship.)
• After this initial evaluation, formulate a claim about the particular relationship you would like to show
your audience. Your claim should be analytical rather than a tally of obvious similarities and differences.
Remember that an effective comparison integrates both texts throughout, analyzing each in relation to
• Use “So What?” to push your analysis and argument further, particularly in the conclusion. Don’t just tell
your reader what the insightful relationship is that you’ve analyzed; tell them why it matters to their
understanding of these essays.
Criteria for Evaluation
1. Does the thesis clearly establish an insightful relationship between the two essays? Does it focus on how
the two authors use particular textual elements to accomplish the purposes of their essays?
2. Does the Essay offer a focused analysis of details to support its thesis?
3. Does the Essay remain independent and objective by paraphrasing the authors’ words accurately, using a
minimum of quotations, and avoiding judgment or personal association?
4. Does the Essay exhibit clarity and coherence? Do its ideas progress logically through the use of transitions,
attributive tags, and appropriate word choice? Does it adhere to MLA format and citation standards and
contain few, if any, grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors?