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Change Over Time
   Use formal language: no slang, abbreviations
   No personal pronouns / no personal opinions
   Use evidence, facts, details – be as specific as you
   Do all of what the prompt asks – don’t just
    summarize or leave out part of the question
   Because, because, because!!!!!
   Thesis is the answer to the question

   Body ppgs are the details / evidence that support
    your thesis

   Thesis is the intro ppg that states the time
    period, prompt topics, categories, and position

   Body ppgs start with a topic sentence and have
    multiple specific points of evidence

   Conclusions are usually not necessary
   THESIS Paragraph
     Address prompt: Answer the question!
     Time period
     Who/What is being compared/contrasted
     Categories (3) to compare/contrast with a b/c
      (why are these categories the best way to
      address the prompt)
     Position (b/c)

    FYI: compare = similar,
         contrast = difference
They are the same but different.
Middle School:
There are many similarities and differences.
10th grade:
Han and Rome were more similar than they were
While Han and Rome differed in the way they
 administered and maintained their empires they
 were much more similar in their basic imperial
 needs to continually expand their empires.
   One paragraph for each category

   Start ppg with the category and relate to the

   Remember your position and shape your essay
    around it with supporting evidence

   Make 3 direct compare/contrasts per ppg

   Use words like “both”, “similarly” to compare

   Use words like “unlike A, B did…” or “while A did
    this, B did that” to contrast
   Thesis:
     Address prompt: Answer the question!
     Time period
     Who/what the topic is
     Group the documents into 3 different
      categories. Include doc # with the cat and
      include a b/c [explain why the categories
      match the documents to the prompt]
     Position (b/c)
   One paragraph for each category, start ppg with the category
    and relate to the prompt
   Use all the documents to provide evidence for your category,
    prompt, position. Identify the doc by using the author’s name
    or the title of the doc. Put the doc# in parenthesis to clarify.
   Identify the point of view of 3 of the authors. (total for essay)
   Explain the document, then explain the author POV (author X
    may believe y because x)

   Missing Voice: Identify one additional document, chart, graph,
    map that would assist you in answering the prompt that has not
    been provided. Explain why the doc would help – what would it
    tell you that hasn’t been provided in the other docs?
Fukuzawa (doc 1) supports the political development in Japan
  because he claims loyalty to the Meiji empire.
(This is what is in the passage you have been provided – but don’t
  quote the doc, put it in your own words!))

Fukuzawa may believe in this new government because he is likely
  to be appointed to a government position as the emperor’s
(This is your interpretation of why he would make the statement in
  the first place)

Credibility of the doc can also be used (explain what may effect the
  usefulness of the doc in being able to fully address the prompt,
  consider type of doc, audience, need to exaggerate, leave out
  details, etc)
   Thesis:
     Determine the time parameters in the prompt –
        you must stay within the parameters
       Pick one region
       Address prompt – Answer the question!
       Overall change (b/c)
       Overall continuity (b/c)

    Pre-write suggestion:
     Create a timeline to jot down where to start/ end &
      what happens in between. Sequencing & relative
      chronology matters in this essay.
   The essay must cover the entire time specified by the
   Your job is to identify throughout the time what
    features have stayed the same/ why? And what features
    have changed/why?
   Start ppg with the first part of the time period. Describe
    the region in the early part of the time parameter as it
    relates to the prompt
   Remember to use specific names, vocabulary, events
    that clearly identify the region in the time period
   Your last ppg must correspond with the final part of the
    time from the prompt. Describe the region as it relates
    to the prompt identifying changes / continuities.
   You must clearly identify at least 3 specific continuities
    throughout the time and 3 specific changes.
   Consider what is going on at the start and what is going
    on at the end of the time parameter.
   Does everything look the same at the end? What does?
    This is a continuity – explain why it is still going on.
   What looks different? This is a change. When did the
    change occur? Why did it happen when it did? What are
    the effects of this change? Does it produce more change
    or does it create stability and now becomes a continuity
    through the remainder of the time period?
   Use this wording: This is a change b/c …, This is a
    continuity b/c …

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