Comparison Memo

Using the following outline for the body of your memo, write a comparison of three significant points about the two documents. You should create your table first, listing 10 to 15 similarities and differences. Then you can pick and choose the three most important, from a technical-writing perspective.

In the Introduction:

  • Write a brief description of the two documents you are comparing.
  • Explain the purpose of the comparison (to choose the best option; to illustrate differences, to impress the instructor, etc.
  • List the features which you will analyze in some detail (refer to the table of data) and which will be the basis of your judgments and inferences about the way these two documents affect the reader.

In the Body:

  • Analyze the three most significant points using headings for each point and subheadings and bullets for supporting details. You should eventually end up with three sections, each one of fairly balanced length.
  • Use your technical-writing prowess. Make this document look professional and sound professional.
  • Keep your reader in mind. What does he know about the topic? What is his attitude toward the topic? You don’t have to submit a Cover Sheet with this assignment, but you do have to consider the ideas we used the Cover Sheet for.

In the Conclusion:

  • Briefly state your recommendations or summary judgments of these two documents.

Remember to:

  • Use proper memo format with the organization (where you’re writing from) in the letterhead position.
  • Define unfamiliar terms for your audience.
  • Use headings to name the documents and the features you discuss. Use parallel form (parallelism).

Turn to the “Writing the Comparison Memo” section to complete this assignment