AP WORLD HISTORYContinuity and Change Over Time EssaysA CCOT question is similar to a comparative one, the key difference being instead of comparing between two
during the same
, one is comparing between two
, often in the same
.The structure for a CCOT thesis is simpler than for a comparative thesis, but shares the following elements:1. It is clear
it clearly responds to the question and is on topic.2. It is comprehensive
it addresses the whole prompt, and3. It is analytical
it establishes clear categories of “continuity” versus “change”.
Compositionally, a CCOT essay is
than that of a comparative essay. Your overall structure will look something like this:I.
that identifies continuities versus changesII. Topic sentence (sub-argument) that identifies a CHANGEIII. Topic sentence (sub-argument) that identifies another CHANGEIV. Topic sentence (sub-argument) that identifies a CONTINUITY.V. Conclusion the identifies the global context and patterns of the changes in your thesis.You will, of course, offer
within each evidentiary paragraph.Evidentiary paragraphs should be structured as follows:I. Topic Sentence arguing for a Continuity or ChangeII. Evidence supporting the continuity or change (specific example)III. Evidence supporting the continuity or change (specific example)IV. Commentary/Analysis that addresses
of change.V. Commentary/Analysis that addresses
of change.An example of a CCOT prompt is::Directions: You are to answer the following question. You should spend 5 minutes organizing or outliningyour essay.Write an essay that:
Has a relevant thesis and supports that thesis with appropriate historical evidence.
Addresses all parts of the question.
Uses world historical context to show change-over-time and/or continuities.
Analyzes the process of...