Has a clear, analytical, and comprehensive thesis.
• Has a clear, analytical, and comprehensive thesis.
• Analyzes all issues of the question (as relevant): global context, chronology, causation, change, continuity, effects, content.
• Provides ample historical evidence to substantiate thesis.
• Provides links with relevant ideas, events, and trends in an innovative way
Thesis Hints …
a. Avoid thesis statements that lack the specificity required to set up the analysis in the essay. The phrase, “There are many” is a terrible way to start an essay; it indicates weak writing and weak analysis.
If an essay neglects to analyze either change or continuity-almost always, continuity is the one left out-then it may not receive the full two points. To correctly analyze continuity, you must cover each time of the question.
A strong CCOT essay must have facts. You must have at least five facts related to changes and continuities to earn 2 of the core 7 points. Six or more facts qualify you for an expanded points (8-9). Facts must relate to the topic of the question. In addition, the facts must be correct and within the chronological boundaries of the question. Names, dates, and events of history count as facts, as do specific informative statements relating to the question.
In the CCOT essay, analysis means discussing WHY CHANGES AND CONTINUITIES occurred. What a the reason for a change? What is the reason for the continuity?
This historical thinking skill involves a deeper kind of thinking than simply remembering facts to support a thesis. You are providing the historical context for a change or continuity.
The CCOT essay is designed to focus on large global issues such as trade, technology, culture, social systems, and migrations. For the CCOT, you must explain how events in one region relate to the big picture; you need to discuss the global context of the changes and continuities.
The global context point can be earned by doing one of the following:
1. effectively showing comparisons to other regions;
2. effectively showing connections to global processes;
3. effectively discussing interactions among regions.