Treat these prompts like they are the ones you see when you take the AP exam in May. This exercise is practice for the planning that you will do right before you begin writing. Basically we are writing these essays without actually writing these essays. If you can do this, you can write the essay.
For each of the following prompts you are to do these 6 tasks on your own paper: You must fill out a T-chart to show you know how to plan – put stuff on it that would make sense for the essay – consider the balance of the chart to determine the stand you will take on the prompt.
You must write an ALTHOUGH thesis statement. These examples are the basic structure of your thesis – depending on what they are asking you. Simply fill in the blanks and you have an acceptable thesis.
Examples (even though I know you don’t need them at this point in the year ):
Although some things stayed the same, it was a major turning point due to _____ and _____. TURNING POINT ESSAY
Although there were somesimilarities, there were more differences as seen with _____ and _____. COMPARE/CONTRAST ESSAY
Although there were some continuities, there were more changes as seen with _____ and ______. CONTINUITY/CHANGE OVER TIME
Although some would argue against the statement, the statement is true due to _____ and _____. SUPPORT/MODIFY/REFUTE ESSAY
Although ____ was a cause, the main causes of ____ were ____ and ____. CAUSE ESSAY
Although ____ was an effect, the main effects of ____ were ____ and ____. EFFECT ESSAY
You must write down some information that you would put in your although paragraph – write down some history that you could use to support your counter-argument
You must write a “however statement.”
(Remember the trick, everything after the comma in your thesis is your however statement.)
You must write down some information that you would put in your other body paragraphs to support your argument - write down some history that you could use to support your argument
You must write down what you would use for synthesis – with explanation.
Compare and Contrast prompts:
A. Compare and contrast the Square Deal with the New Deal. You have to do one
from each pair
B. Compare and contrast the First Great Awakening with the Second Great Awakening.
Continuity and Change prompts:
C. Evaluate major changes and continuities in the social and economic experiences of African Americans who migrated from the rural South to urban areas in the North in the period 1910–1930.
D. Evaluate the extent to which political compromise contributed to maintaining continuity as well as fostering change on sectional tensions in the period 1820 to 1861.
Periodization/Turning Point prompts:
E. Evaluate the extent that the election of James K. Polk to president in 1844 marked a turning point in United States history, analyzing what changed and what stayed the same from the period before his presidency to the period after becoming president.
F. “The lives of African-Americans were much better after the Civil War than before the Civil War.”
Support, modify, or refute this statement.
Cause and/or Effect prompts:
G. Evaluate the impact women had on the political and social reforms of the Progressive Era from the 1880s through the 1920s.
H. Analyze the major effects of the muckraking stories that came out in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
I have provided an example to give you some guidance. Be thorough in your answers.
I hope you have great Spring Break and I will see you when you get back!
Evaluate the extent to which trans-Atlantic interactions from 1600 to 1763 contributed to maintaining continuity as well as fostered change in labor systems in the British North American colonies. You must fill out a T-chart to show you know how to plan
Since this is a continuity and change essay, those will be the two topics for my t-chart.
Continuities (these occurred throughout) Changes (these changed from beginning to end)
Need for labor indentured servants to African slaves (Bacon’s Reb)
Agricultural society increase in farming increased tension with Indians
Rich people getting other people to do work more diversified crops being produced
You must write an although thesis statement.
Although there was some continuities, there were more changes in the labor system of the British North American colonies from 1600 to 1763 due to the need for African slavery and the increased tension with American Indians.
Although there were some changes, there were more continuities in the labor system of the British North American colonies from 1600 to 1763 as seen with the stability of the agricultural society and the continuation of rich people getting other people to do their work.
You must write down some information that you would put in your although paragraph.
I would probably argue that there were more changes than continuities so continuities would be my counter argument. I think the easiest topic in my T-chart is “rich people getting other people to do work.”
I would say at the beginning of the time period the colonists tried to enslave Indians. In the middle of the time period it was indentured servants, towards the end of the time period it was African slaves. Rich people getting other people to work continued throughout the time period.
You must write a “however statement.”
This is your transition in your essay to the second part of your paper. It makes your argument clear.
Just take the first part of your thesis and replace it with the word “however.”
However, there were more changes in the labor system of the British North American colonies from 1600 to 1763 due to the need for African slavery and the increased tension with American Indians.
However, there were more continuities in the labor system of the British North American colonies from 1600 to 1763 as seen with the stability of the agricultural society and the continuation of rich people getting other people to do their work.
You must write down some information that you would put in your other body paragraphs to support your argument.
I would probably argue that there were more changes than continuities so this is where I would talk about changes – at least two of them.
Need for African slavery: At the beginning of the time period indentured servants were used – until Bacon’s Rebellion. Then things changed to African slavery towards the end.
Increased tension with American Indians: At the beginning of the time period there was some tension with Indians – Indian Massacre of 1622, Then things changed towards the end when tension increased – King Phillip’s War and Pontiac’s Rebellion
Think of a big topic in your essay and think of something else that happened in history from a different time period that is similar. Have two pieces of historical evidence to support it.
This essay would be about how the labor system changed after Bacon’s Rebellion. To me, this sounds like how the labor system changed after the Civil War for former slaves. I could talk about the 13th amendment and how that allowed them to change from being slaves to being sharecroppers (crop-lien system). This kept them in debt, however, and finally ended with the invention of the mechanical cotton picker in 1944.
Or another one could be how the labor system changed after the invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney. Led to an increase in slaves and an increase in cotton production and tied the South to cotton and pretty much sealed the inevitability of a Civil War.
Or maybe use Henry Ford’s introduction of the assembly line in 1914 to the automobile industry.