CHANGE AND CONTINUITY ESSAY PACKET
This essay asks students to access how larger global issues and themes such as gender, trade, technology, and environment have changed and remained the same. If any one essay will give students difficulties, it is likely that this essay will. Students will not only have to identify areas of change, but also areas of continuity across chronological periods, and will have to compare two or more chronological periods within one geographic area. Students will all have the same prompt but will be able to choose between different geographic regions to answer the question.
Before students plan and write essays, they must understand the tasks that the prompts ask them to perform. This begins with understanding the words that prompts use.
Using a dictionary, define these words. Include any close synonyms.
To transform or convert
A continuous or connected whole
Answer the questions and be prepared to discuss your answers.
1.If a prompt asks a student to address change, what should you do? Address all of the change, not just some of it. Look more at the bigger picture rather than just one little thing that changed.
2.If a prompt asks a student to address continuity, what should you do? Again, look at the big picture. What all stayed continuous? Address the important stuff.
3.Predict what will happen on the grade of the essay if a student addresses only changes but not continuities when asked to do both? The grade will go down. They didn’t address the whole prompt, which calls for a low grade.
Name: ___________________________________ Period: __________ Date: _____________
PARTS OF A PROMPT
All essays begin with a prompt. The prompt will specify the actions a student is required to perform. It will also specify a definite chronological period from World History and provide two to three geographical or cultural regions from which a student may choose. Occasionally the prompt may specify only one cultural region. It should also designate specific historical themes used within the AP World History course guide.
Use the following prompt for this exercise:
Students must address all parts of the prompts although not thoroughly or evenly. There are upper and lower standards. To receive two points, the student will need to address the whole time period from 1750 to 1914, change, continuity, economic structures and labor systems. Students should differentiate between the time periods and issues included in the prompt. This is best accomplished by dealing with the different parts in separate paragraphs. Within each paragraph discuss the global issues, changes and continuities. Then begin each paragraph with a sub-thesis based on one part of the thesis.
PART A: UNDERSTANDING THE PARTS OF A COMPARE & CONTRAST PROMPT Answer the questions in the provided space.
1.What action verbs are used in the specific prompt?
2.What synonyms for these verbs could you use to accomplish the same action? Track, explain
PART B: PERIODIZATION
Periodization is a broad concept whereby historians organize time into meaning units of study. Few historians will agree on all aspects of periodization but most can agree on broad delineations of time. The AP Subject Guide in World History provides specific information about topics within each period. For the Change and Continuity Essay students need to be proficient with periodization. Listed below are broad periods and common developments.
I.FOUNDATIONS 1,000,000 BCE TO 600 CE
A.PRE-HISTORY: PALEOLITHIC AND NEOLITHIC ERAS TO C. 5,000 BCE
This is the era of the Stone Age when societies went from hunter and gatherer to villages, sedentary farming, and pastorialism. This period ends at different times in...