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1 “How to Guide for Thematic Essays” Global History 9Mr. Meetze
2 What is a Thematic Essay? A Thematic Essay is designed to function as a Traditional Essay where the student is provided a specific Theme found throughout history and then is given choices to prove that they can identify and explain key people, events, or topics from the course which will be written on a ‘Final’ Essay Paper on the Final Exam
3 Thematic Essay Topics Belief Systems Change Citizenship Conflict Culture and Intellectual LifeDecision MakingDiversityEconomic Systems
4 Thematic Essay Topics Environment and Society Factors of Production Human and Physical GeographyHuman RightsImperialismInterdependenceJusticeMovement of People and Goods
5 Thematic Essay Topics Nationalism Nation State Needs and Wants Political SystemsPowerScarcityScience and TechnologyUrbanization
6 Rules for ALL Thematics How Many Paragraphs should Thematic Essays be?How many Documents do you need to cite in your Thematic essay?Can You use the Theme in your Introduction Paragraph?
7 Terms You Need to Understand Student Thoroughly addresses all TasksEssay is More Analytical than DescriptiveRichly Supports the Theme with Facts & DetailsBeyond a Restatement of the Theme
8 NYS Sample 10th Grade Thematic Remember to Read & Highlight ALL S.S. Keys1st Thing- Your Thematic Essay Topic2nd Thing Your ‘To Do List’ for your 2 Body Paragraphs3rd Thing- Potential Choices and if the Essay has any Excludors
9 Thematic Essay Scoring 5,4,3,2,1 Rubric Score of 5:Thoroughly develops all aspects of the task evenly and in depthIs more analytical than descriptive (analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates* information)Richly supports the theme with many relevant facts, examples, and detailsDemonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the themeScore of 4:Develops all aspects of the task but may do so somewhat unevenlyIs both descriptive and analytical (applies, analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates information)Supports the theme with relevant facts, examples, and detailsScore of 3:Develops all aspects of the task with little depth or develops most aspects of the task in some depthIs more descriptive than analytical (applies, may analyze, and/or evaluate information)Includes some relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some minor inaccuraciesDemonstrates a satisfactory plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that may be a restatement of the theme= 100= 80= 60
10 Thematic Essay Scoring 5,4,3,2,1 Rubric Score of 2:Minimally develops all aspects of the task or develops some aspects of the task in some depthIs primarily descriptive; may include faulty, weak, or isolated application or analysisIncludes few relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some inaccuraciesDemonstrates 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 conclusionScore of 1:Minimally develops some aspects of the taskIs descriptive; may lack understanding, application, or analysisIncludes few relevant facts, examples, or details; may include inaccuraciesMay 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 conclusionScore 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 pape= 40= 20
12 Thematic Outline First Take out a Sheet of paper Quickly Draw a big Square, an Upside Triangle, & a TriangleWithin the Square divide the object into 4 sections using 2 lines.
13 1st Title of Thematic Essay Define the Theme Discuss the Importance of the Theme to the WorldUse Your Sample OutlineIntro- Min 4 SentencesTo Do Lista.b.c.Outside Info‘Bottle Cap’ Write the Thematic Question2 Body Paragraph TopicsBrainstorm at least 6 specific facts per Paragraph Sentences MinimumOpen the ‘Bottle Cap’ Write the Thematic QuestionConclusion Min 4 SentencesEither Link Thematic to another topic or Relate the Theme to life today
15 Conclusion Min 4 Sentences Title of Thematic: Culture & Intelectual LifeReminder: minutes total on the OutlineIntro- Min 4 SentencesTo Do ListOutside InfoA. Medicine- Specifically?B. ???C. TodayIslamic EmpireBrainstorm at least 6 specific facts per Paragraph Sentences MinimumAB.C.Your ChoiceConclusion Min 4 Sentences
16 Writing the Thematic Reminders Make sure the Intro and Conclusion does not consist of ‘This is What I’m Going to Do’ and ‘This is What I just Wrote’Use your Outline for your essay. By doing so you address the clear plan and organization task of the question
17 Writing the Thematic Reminders After you write a sentence make sure you can not ask yourself a Who, What, Where, When, Why, or How question. If so you didn’t write with enough depthBe sure to use your outside to Analyse the Theme not just making a huge laundry list of information. Your To Do List NEEDs to be very specific!!!
18 Writing the Thematic Reminders Check the grading rubric and self grade your essay 5,4,3,2,or 1 scale.Did you address all aspects of the task?Did you answer the question?