5 Examples of Comparison Chart of different topics

A comparative chart it is a visual, educational and very useful tool in different areas to understand and highlight the main characteristics that make a topic different from another, thus allowing quick reading and compression of content, It is a tool used in the school environment as a study method o support material for exhibitions, it can also be used as an auxiliary tool in decision-making, allowing to evaluate the pros and cons of each situation; It can also be used in advertising to compare one brand with another and the possible benefits with respect to other products.



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Characteristics of a comparison chart:

  • They have columns of information that are read vertically.
  • They are made up of at least two topics that will later be compared.
  • They can have a column with subtopics or categories.
  • They serve to raise similarities or differences.
  • They have an orderly structure that allows a quick reading of a topic.
  • Summarize the information clearly and simply.
  • Comparison charts should not have paragraphs with a lot of information.

Here is an example of a box comparative that highlights the main characteristics of two topics that are often confused:

Group of people who live under certain guidelinesForms of expression of a society.
They share common ends, they are related to each other.Behaviors shared by a society.
It has an organized structure with the aim of achieving common goalsSet of customs, attitudes, material and spiritual goods.
Guidelines that when transmitted from generation to generation create their culture.Characteristics that together and in time form the properties of a society

How to make a comparison chart:

  • Choose and research the topics to compare.
  • Decide the elements to include and which category will go in each column (in case it is divided into categories).
  • Simple and understandable language should be used and, if possible, graphic elements should be used to help the reader understand quickly.
  • Colors can be used to make them look more attractive and the information stays in memory for longer.
  • They should not be overloaded, as they can bore the reader before they even start reading.


Others Examples of comparative tables to better understand:

We can create comparative charts that explain difficult-to-understand cultural issues.

Traditional account of a region or country of a symbolic / religious nature.It may have supernatural elements, but they are taken as real or plausible.
myths are not located in time and space.They take place in a certain place and time.
The characters are well defined (generally gods) as they frame religions and beliefs.The characters are generally anonymous or with nicknames that distinguish them, they are just pretexts, the important thing is the story.

For educational purposes it is very useful to summarize characteristics in comparative tables. In this case we compare the prose with the verses.

Free writing that does not conform to regulations beyond those dictated by grammar.Intense and neat expression medium that adheres to its own set of rules.
It lacks measures such as: Rhyme, meter, pause.It is composed of structural rules such as rhythm, measure, meter, pauses, loudness.
It serves to express ideas in a natural way.It is used to order words harmoniously.
Seek clarity in a message, avoiding repetition.It seeks to produce emotions, express a message so that the end result is a work of art.

Tables that summarize the similarities and differences of a topic such as language

Verbal and non-verbal language


Forms of communication.VerbalNon verbal
They express messages and feelings.The word is used.Visual elements
They convey information.Through its forms: Oral and written.Through: Tone of voice, rhythm, silences, expressions.
They are characteristic abilities of the human being.Newer historically.Oldest form of communication.
They are expressed by specific codes to carry a message to the interlocutor.It is limited in scope, as it depends on pre-established codes: The language.It is universal, anyone can understand it regardless of language.

Tables that have a column that indicates each characteristic to be compared.

CharacteristicsVertebrate animalsInvertebrate animals
SkeletonThey have an articulated skeleton as a spinal column that functions as a point of support for their body.They do not have a backbone, if they have a skeleton it is less rigid.
GroupsMammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptilesArthropods, mollusks, worms, echinoderms, jellyfish.
Digestive systemFullIntracellular digestion, incomplete digestive system.
CirculationHeart with veins and arteries, open circulation.Circulation closed.


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