Examples of how to use the compare/contrast words to answer compare/contrast questions:
1. Compare: How are the caribou and the smilodon alike?
Answer: The caribou and the smilodon are both mammals. The smilodon lived in the arctic regions during the Ice Ages, as did the caribou. Like the smilodon, the caribou was able to protect itself from predators.
2. Contrast: How were the smilodon and caribou different?
Answer: Although the caribou and the smilodon were both mammals, they were very different in many ways. The caribou was a plant-eater,unlike the smilodon which ate meat. The caribou had blunt, rounded teeth for eating plants, whereas the smilodon had sharp, pointed ones. The smilodon became extinct at the end of the Ice Ages, in contrast to the caribou which still lives in the arctic regions today.