Be sure to explain (analyze) WHY these changes took place; remember that the pivot is usually the determining factor of change.
Explain what conditions, characteristics or patterns remained the same from the beginning of the period to the end and (analyze) WHY the stability remained.
Brainstorm change(s) that occurred during the time period as related to the topic(s) in the prompt.
Brainstorm things that remained consistent during the ENTIRE period as related to the topic(s) in the prompt.
Establish the MAJOR characteristics, patterns or conditions at the beginning of the time period.
List the major occurrence(s) in the prompt's timeframe that caused changes to happen, this will often become the analysis for the essay.
Analyze WHY the change(s) happened
WHY the consistency remained
Includes state systems: having to do with political organization of a government in a society.
The list you have generated is not yet your outline for the essay, but it should provide you with enough similarities and differences to construct an initial plan.
Update, November 2017: The AP World History Practice Exam has been updated to reflect changes to the wording of the long essay question prompt.
Learn to weigh evidence and interpretations as you build your knowledge of world historical processes and themes. Develop your ability to draw conclusions and use informed reasoning to present your arguments clearly and persuasively in essay format.
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AP World History is an exciting course to take. You can learn about how civilizations have grown and interacted with one another from the time of 600 B.C.E. to the present day. For your course and AP exam, you will need to write three kinds of essays: document-based, continuity and change-over-time, and comparative. Each has a slightly different format so be aware of the differences.
A comparative essay asks that you compare at least two (possibly more) items. These items will differ depending on the assignment. You might be asked to compare
Update, November 2017: The AP World History Course and Exam Description and Practice Exam have been updated to reflect changes to the wording of the long essay question prompt.
Although the assignment may say “compare,” the assumption is that you will consider both the similarities and differences; in other words, you will compare and contrast.
Both positively and negatively.
Points to Consider
Focus on WHY in change and continuty paragraphs.
ABCD Method for thesis and body paragraph set up.
A-Address the prompt
B-Beginning of period
D-Did not change
Be sure to support generalizations with SPECIFIC EVIDENCE.
Provide the connections to the thesis and the analysis.
Refer to time and sequencing to show understanding of the importance of chronology in history.
Connect local developments to global themes.