Let's review. This lesson is a little different from most. I only have two key terms to review. The continuity and change over time essay will ask you to analyze historical continuity and change over time. You will need to have a solid grasp of historical context and cause and effect. You will have 40 minutes to complete this essay. The second essay is the comparative essay in which you will be asked to compare and contrast different regions, civilizations, societies, etc. Again, you will have 40 minutes to complete this section of the exam. Good luck!
Students will be challenged to think like an historian. Historians observe all types of evidence in order to reconstruct the past. In order to find out what really happened, a historian needs to analyze perspective, or point of view. Students in this course will dissect and analyze a variety of primary documents and will learn to write document-based essays. Historians learn to think comparatively by analyzing big picture themes throughout various time periods. Students will be well versed in the basics of writing comparative essays. A key skill of a historian is to think about change over time. Students will learn to look at history as a story. What happened in the beginning? What events occur that make the story change? How do all the events and characters that interact throughout the story influence the ending? Students will be well versed in writing the continuity and change over time essay for the AP exam.
Writing a Continuity and Change Over Time Essay
The first essay question, Part B, is called the continuity and change over time essay. This essay question will ask you to analyze historical continuity and change over time. You will not get to pick the essay question, but sometimes you may be permitted to choose the region, culture, religion, society, etc. that you will be analyzing. For example, a sample essay question might ask: