Comparison and Contrast Essay–Final Dogs and Cats _ Point by Point. 1. Does the format of the essay look clean, clear, and consistent? Does the topic meet the requirements of the assignment well? 2. What is the strategy of the introduction? Does it have an attention grabber and thesis in the opening paragraph? Explain. 3. Is the thesis statement clear, easy to find and well-constructed? Is it arguable and focused? Explain in what way it may be improved. Remember to underline your thesis in the final essay. 4. Do the body paragraphs of the essay stay focused on supporting the thesis? Is the essay organized in a point by point or subject by subject manner effectively? What are the main points being compared concerning the two topics? Best comparison points from essay: Weaker comparison points or points that could be included in the essay: 5. Does the essay use and cite sources effectively? Is the essay following MLA format? Are the sources effectively integrated into the essay and are the useful in supporting the thesis? Explain. 6. Does the essay have a smooth conclusion strategy which returns to the thesis? Is MLA works cited page done correctly? How do these areas need to be improved?