Comparative Essay

Comparative Essay
  • Last question in the AP Exam = Exhausted.
  • What is the same? What is different?
  • Similarities and differences between areas


Core point Scoring
Points
Task
1
Has acceptable thesis
2
Addresses all parts of the Question
(1)
Addresses most parts of the Question
2
Substantiates thesis with appropriate historical evidence
(1)
(Partially substantiates thesis with evidence_
1
Makes at least 2 direct comparisons
1
Analyzes at least one reason for the similarities or differences
7
Subtotal for all basic core points
2
Possible number of points for expanded core
9
Total possible points

Use comparative words to weave comparisons within each paragraph
  • Also
  • As well as
  • Furthermore
  • Likewise
  • On the other hand
  • However
  • To the Contrary