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How to write a Continuity/Change Over Time Essay

1.Overview: Basically a change over time essay is a comparison essay where time periods are compared. 2.Read the question carefully and determine the theme, areas, and time periods to be compared. Make sure you write a thesis statement that specifically addresses all three pieces of this information. The thesis must also address change as well as continuity. The thesis should take a stance on level of change 3.Set up a three-column chart (or series of charts) with a beginning date, an end date, and a reference point in the middle. (If the question spans multiple time periods, 1450-1914, for example, your time markers might be 1450, 1750, 1914). There may be several reference 4.In this chart, list the status of the theme at the beginning of the time period given, at the middle marker, and at the end of the time period given. List at least two (preferably three) examples for each time period. 5.Note the changes as well as continuities (things that remain the same) 6.Analyze at least one reason for a change or continuity per paragraph. In other words, do not simply describe the change or continuity, but spend some time explaining why the change or continuity occurred. 7.A. Preferred set up – by body paragraph (Change-Continuity-Global Context) Topic #1: changes and what caused them (beginning, change, end) Topic #2: continuities and why (beginning, middle, end)

Topic #3: global context of things (what else is happening in the world)

PREWRITE (Note: establish chronology within each paragraph) The Beginning -
Change topic(s)
What was the change?
Causes of change?
Inpact of change3 Facts
Analysis Phrase
Continuity topic(s)
What remained the same?
Why?3 Facts
Analysis Phrase
Global context topic(s)3 Facts
Analysis phrase
ESSAY FORMAT – CCOT
#1 Change Topic Sentence
Fact
Fact
Fact
Analysis - This changed occurred because ….
#2 Continuity Topic Sentence
Fact
Fact
Fact
Analysis - Because the ………… was constantly present the (society, people, government, trade, ????) was able to ……. #3 Global Context Topic Sentence
Fact
Fact
Fact
Analysis
Conclusion

B. Set up by Topic --- Two changes, one continuity – global context inside each
Topic #1: Beginning, Change (why change) – facts, global context, analysis
Topic #1: Beginning, Change (why change) – facts, global context, analysis
Topic #1: Beginning, Continuity – facts, global context, analysis Topic sentence is for topics of change/continuity. Final sentence for analysis
Have to mention continuity in at least two topics
Have to mention global context at least once (preferably in each paragraph)

C. Topic sentence at transition and linkage

PREWRITE (Note: establish chronology within each paragraph) The Beginning -
Change Topic
What was the change?
Causes of change?
Impact of change3 Facts
Global Context
Analysis Phrase
Change Topic
What remained the same?
Why?3 Facts
Global Context
Analysis Phrase
Continuity Topic3 Facts
Global Context
Analysis phrase

Thesis statement – must show change topic(s) and continuity topic(s); stance and cover all significant aspects of the prompt. #1Change Topic Sentence
Fact
Fact
Fact
Global Context
Analysis – This changed occurred because ….
#2 Change Topic Sentence
Fact
Fact
Fact
Global Context
Analysis Due to the fact that ….. this change occurred. #3 Continuity Topic Sentence
Fact
Fact
Fact
Global Context
Analysis – Because the ………… was constantly present the (society, people, government, trade, ????) was able to ……. Conclusion

8.If you have a question with multiple themes, or multiple geographic areas that you are discussing, you need to complete a chart for each area – you will then be doing a comparison contrast essay as well as a change over time essay, but you will use the time periods as your organizing...
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