Homework: Continuity and Change over Time Essay



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On the next page, you have a graphic organizer to organize your thoughts to write your first CCOT essay. Rubric is placed at the end of this document.

Change or Continuity #1




Change or Continuity #2

Change or Continuity #3

Change or Continuity #4

Evidence




Evidence

Evidence

Evidence

Reason for change/continuity & Explanation




Reason for change/continuity & Explanation


Reason for change/continuity & Explanation


Reason for change/continuity & Explanation





World Historical Context

What was happening in the world during the key events that incurred change in your life? (For example how did the new millennium Year 2000, information technology boom, tech migration, etc. affect your life?)







Thesis


Check Off Sheet

1. Change and Continuity

  • Show both in essay if possible.

  • You will usually see more change than continuity.

  • Examine all aspects of civilization or group you are discussing.

  • PERSIAN

2. Read the Question

  • Make sure you understand what the question is asking.

  • Are there specific aspects of the civilization or group you are to address? (social, political, economic)

  • Make sure you address the time period parameters given in the question.

3. Rubric

  • Thesis that addresses issues and time period.

  • Address all parts of the question.

  • Back up your thesis with historical evidence. This is the meat to your essay.

  • Show the change or continuity by discussing historical context.

4. Essay Outline – Introduction Paragraph

  • Well written thesis that address all issues discussed in the question and the time period

  • Background/filler information to make a well rounded paragraph

  • Pick 3 issues/aspects to discuss if none are provided in the question.

5. Essay Outline – Second Paragraph

6. Essay Outline – Third Paragraph

  • Addresses second issue from beginning of time period to the end of time period

  • Topic Sentence

  • At least four other sentences to provide historical evidence to support thesis

  • Will show a change or continuity

7. Essay Outline – Fourth Paragraph

  • Addresses third issue from beginning of time period to the end of time period

  • Topic Sentence

  • At least four other sentences that support the thesis with historical evidence

  • Will show a change or continuity

8. Essay Outline - Conclusion

  • Restates the thesis in a different way

  • Sums up the change/continuity of the issues addressed

General Rules for Essays

  • All essays can be hand written or typed. Use 12pt. font (research states you remember material better when it is hand written)

  • I grade using the AP Rubric.

Let’s Work It Out

  • Your Essay Question:

  • Thesis:

  • What are the three specified areas?

  • What are the time period parameters?

  • Is there change or continuity, or both?

  • What can your thesis be?

  • How will you set up the rest of your essay?

Once you write your autobiographical essay, you will learn to convert these principles from the autobiographical timeline example to an actual CCOT essay and you’ll quickly realize why the CCOT has earned a reputation as the hardest essay on the APWH exam. It requires students to quantify the nature, amount, and timing of continuity and change. Merely acknowledging continuity and change isn’t sufficient. Essays should note the amount, timing, location, causes, and effects of continuity and3 change relevant to the question. The more specific you can be about these characteristics, the better your score.

So how does one do this?



Each quarter you will practice CCOT thesis paragraphs of various question prompts and you will write a complete CCOT essay. Over the year, my plan is for you to practice and write minimum of 4 CCOT essays before the AP College Board exam in May 2015.
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