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APW Comparison Essay. Comparative essay rubric. CORE SCORING. Identifies basic competency Items 2 & 3 can earn 1 OR 2 points Must get credit for ALL core scoring points (7 total) to qualify for additional pts.

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core scoring
CORE SCORING
  • Identifies basic competency
  • Items 2 & 3 can earn 1 OR 2 points
  • Must get credit for ALL core scoring points (7 total) to qualify for additional pts.
1 has acceptable thesis 1pt addresses comparison of the issues or themes specified
1. Has acceptable thesis (1pt)(addresses comparison of the issues or themes specified)
  • NO FLUFF
  • Can be more that one sentence
  • Should be a closed thesis - Answer to Q
  • Should include some analysis
  • Should address time period
  • Should address similarities AND differences
  • thesis practice
2 addresses all parts of the question though not necessarily evenly or thoroughly 1 or 2 pts
2. Addresses all parts of the question, though not necessarily evenly or thoroughly. (1 or 2 pts)
  • Answer the question, not something else
  • Address similarities and differences
  • Create logical analytical organization – usually by categories, not the societies being compared
3 substantiates thesis with appropriate historical evidence 1 or 2 pts
3. Substantiates thesis with appropriatehistorical evidence. (1 or 2 pts)
  • Historical evidence refers to specific facts; “pieces of evidence”
  • Do not include your opinion or value judgments
4 makes at least one or two relevant direct comparisons between or among societies 1pt
4. Makes at least one or two relevant, direct comparisons between or amongsocieties (1pt)
  • Must link directly
  • Must be comparisons that make sense!
  • Eg: While Egyptians made preparations for an afterlife, Mesopotamians tended to not consider an afterlife important or desirable.
5 analyzes at least one reason for a similarity or difference identified in a direct comparison
5. Analyzes at least one reason for a similarity or difference identified in a direct comparison
  • Analysis – why
  • The regularity of the flooding of the Nile created a positive attitude towards the gods among the Egyptians. On the other hand, because Mesopotamia’s rivers flooded violently and unpredictably, the people considered the gods to be capricious. 
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Consequently, while the Egyptians considered eternity with the gods desirable, the Mesopotamians hoped there wasn’t an eternity.

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Thesis practice:

    • Look at your introduction and conclusion
    • Does the essay contain a complete thesis?
  • Other core pts.
    • Does your essay fulfill these minimal requirements
a question
A “Question”

Analyze the similarities and differences in human lifestyles in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Eras.

[write a complete thesis as a group]