Unit 2 Compare & Contrast Essay: Ancient Egypt vs. Mesopotamia Tips Sheet Prompt



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Pre-AP WH 1st Block

9 October 2015



Unit 2 Compare & Contrast Essay: Ancient Egypt vs. Mesopotamia Tips Sheet

Prompt: Compare and contrast the river valley civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Were they more similar or different overall? Make sure to give 2 similarities and 1 difference or 2 differences and 1 similarity. Then, take an overall similar or different stance about the two civilizations. Use the PERSIA (no G) for your 3 categories of similar or different analysis.

Required Format:

*5-paragraph essay

*The whole essay should be in MLA format, go to the link for helpful info. from the OWL at Purdue website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Key MLA reminders for your essay:



  • Double-spaced (when you turn it in-if you want to do single-spaced, then make sure you double-space before you turn it in)

  • 12 point, Times New Roman font

  • Heading (proper MLA)-on top left of your first page of the essay-not on every page!

  • Include last name with page numbers

I. Intro

II. Map point 1-simiarity/difference

III. Map point 2-similarity/difference

IV. Map point 3-simialirty/difference

V. Conclusion

Content:

(Remember to use P-E-R-S-I-A and pick 3 of the categories-no G!)



*Your thesis to make an argument-take a stance and list map points that support that stance and tell the audience (reader) where you're going. It should be between 1-3 sentences, not exceeding three sentences. Thesis and 3 map points have to include:

If you are arguing they’re more similar/comparable:

  • 1 similarity-politically, economically, religiously, intellectually, or achievement (map point 1)

  • 1 difference (to address the counter side of contrast) (map point 2)

  • 1 similarity (map point 3)

OR

If you are arguing they’re more different/contrasting:

  • 1 difference-politically, economically, religiously, intellectually, or achievement (map point 1)

  • 1 similarity (to address the counter side of compare) (map point 2)

  • 1 difference (map point 3)


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