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					How to Write a
Thematic Essay
BEFORE You Begin
Writing an Essay
   Organize your information
    -use a graphic organizer
       *“4-Square”
       *Sandwich Method
       *Outline
       *List method

-It doesn’t matter which on you choose…Use
   the style that fits you best!
Thesis Statements
   What is a thesis statement?
    -tells the reader what the essay will be about
    -tells the reader what point you will be making

   How do you write a good thesis statement?
    -look at your outline or theme/task
          *What are the main ideas and supporting ideas?

   Your thesis statement will have two parts.
    -The first part states the topic.
    -The second part states the point of the essay.
          *Or it lists the main ideas you will discuss

   Once you have formulated a thesis you are ready to continue writing
    the essay
The Introduction

 Communicates the idea with a strong
  thesis statement
  *uses the theme and task
  *declares what will be proven
 You MUST paraphrase your
  introduction
 Never copy directly from guidelines!
The Body Paragraphs

   Thoroughly address all elements of the
    task
    *use the rubric
    *organize by subject
    *use a lot of details to write as much as
    possible
The Conclusion

 Borrows some materials from the theme
 Repeats what was first stated in the
  introduction and proven in the body
  paragraphs
 Offers a final thought, recommendation
  or other analytical response
NYS Generic Scoring Rubric
Score of 5:
 Thoroughly develops all aspects of the task evenly
  and in depth
 Is more analytical than descriptive (analyzes,
  evaluates, and/or creates information)
 Richly supports the theme with many relevant facts,
  examples, and details
 Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of
  organization; includes an introduction and a
  conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the
  theme
Score of 4:
 Develops all aspects of the task but
  may do so somewhat unevenly
 Is both descriptive and analytical
  (applies, analyzes, evaluates, and/or
  creates information)
 Supports the theme with relevant facts,
  examples, and details
 Demonstrates a logical and clear plan
  of organization; includes an introduction
  and a conclusion that are beyond a
  restatement of the theme
Score of 3:
 Develops all aspects of the task with little
  depth or develops most aspects of the task in
  some depth
 Is more descriptive than analytical (applies,
  may analyze, and/or evaluate information)
 Includes some relevant facts, examples, and
  details; may include some minor inaccuracies
 Demonstrates a satisfactory plan of
  organization; includes an introduction and a
  conclusion that may be a restatement of the
  theme
Score of 2:
 Minimally develops all aspects of the task or
  develops some aspects of the task in some
  depth
 Is primarily descriptive; may include faulty,
  weak, or isolated application or analysis
 Includes few relevant facts, examples, and
  details; may include some inaccuracies
 Demonstrates a general plan of organization;
  may lack focus; may contain digressions;
  may not clearly identify which aspect of the
  task is being addressed; may lack an
  introduction and/or a conclusion
Score of 1:
 Minimally develops some aspects of the task
 Is descriptive; may lack understanding,
  application, or analysis
 Includes few relevant facts, examples, or
  details; may include inaccuracies
 May demonstrate a weakness in
  organization; may lack focus; may contain
  digressions; may not clearly identify which
  aspect of the task is being addressed; may
  lack an introduction and/or a conclusion
Score of 0:
 Fails to develop the task or may only
  refer to the theme in a general way; OR
  includes no relevant facts, examples, or
  details; OR includes only the theme,
  task, or suggestions as copied from the
  test booklet; OR is illegible; OR is a
  blank paper
  Let’s take a looksie!
Theme: Conflict
Differences among groups have often led to conflict.

Task:
Identify two ethnic, religious, political, and/or cultural conflicts
   and for each:
• Discuss the historical circumstances that led to the conflict
• Analyze the effect of this conflict on two groups involved

You may use any examples from your study of global history and
  geography. Some suggestions you might wish to consider include
  the persecution of Christians during the Roman Empire, the Reign
  of Terror, the Armenian massacres, the forced famine in Ukraine,
  the Holocaust, Apartheid in South Africa, the Killing Fields of
  Cambodia, the conflict in Northern Ireland, the Sandinistas in
  Nicaragua, and the Tiananmen Square rebellion.

              You are not limited to these suggestions.
      Do not use any conflict that occurred in the United States.
Theme: Change [Individuals Who Have Changed History]
The beliefs and achievements of individuals have changed global
  history. These beliefs and achievements have had positive and
  negative effects on society.


Task:
Identify two individuals who have changed global history and for each:
• Explain one belief or achievement of that individual
• Discuss the positive and/or negative effects of the individual’s belief
   or
achievement

You may use any individual from your study of global history. Some
  individuals that you might consider include Hammurabi, Confucius,
  Aristotle,Alexander the Great, Muhammad, Johannes Gutenberg,
  Queen Isabella, Leonardo da Vinci, John Locke, Catherine the Great,
  Simón Bolívar, or Nelson Mandela.

               You are not limited to these suggestions.
       Do not use any conflict that occurred in the United States.
Theme: Turning Points
Turning points are major events in history that have led to lasting
  change.

Task:
Identify two major turning points in global history and for each:
• Describe the historical circumstances surrounding the turning point
• Explain how each turning point changed the course of history

You may use any example from your study of global history. Some
  suggestions you might wish to consider include the Neolithic
  Revolution, the Crusades, the Renaissance, the Encounter, the
  French Revolution, the Russian Revolution of 1917, World War I,
  creation of the modern state of Israel, Nelson Mandela elected
  president of South Africa, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.



               You are not limited to these suggestions.
       Do not use any conflict that occurred in the United States.
Essay Example:
Theme: World Cuisine
People often try new foods from far away countries. These foods
  quickly become some of their favorite dishes.

Task:
Identify two of your favorite foreign food dishes and for each:
• Name the foreign country where your favorite dish originated
• Describe the food dish
• Explain why you like this food dish


You may use any example of foreign food. Some suggestions you
  might wish to consider include food dishes from Italy, China,
  Mexico, Spain, Jamaica, England, Germany, Japan, Cuba, Morocco,
  India, France and Greece.

              You are not limited to these suggestions.
     Do not use any food dish that originated in the United States.

				
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