Thematic Essays

Thematic Essay
3-4 Body Paragraphs-Each Paragraph Should show one part of the task
(Between 2-3 pages)
A story about a person’s life written by another person.
Change (Individuals)
Change (Individuals Who Have Changed History)
Change (Leaders)
Change (Nonpolitical Revolutions)
Change (Philosophers and Leaders)
Change (Political Events)
Change (Political Revolutions)
Possible Essay Topics
Table of Contents:
Thematic Essay Question
Belief Systems (Unity/conflict)
Belief Systems (Influnce of)
Change (Individuals)
Change (Individuals Who Have Changed History)
Change (Leaders)
Change (Nonpolitical Revolutions)
Change (Philosophers and Leaders)
Change (Political Events)
Change (Political Revolutions)
Change (Turning Points)
Conflict (Threatened Peace)
Economic Change (Industrialization)
Economic Systems
Geography and Cultural Diffusion
Geography (How Humans Change Their Environment)
Geography (Positive or Negative Effect)
Geography and Society
Global Problems
Human and Physical Geography (Geographic Impact of Societies)
Human Rights [06.09]
Human Rights Violations
Justice and Human Rights
Movement of People and Goods: Trade
Political Change
Political Systems
Science and Technology
Turning Points
Document-Based Question (DBQ)
Autocratic Rulers
British Imperialism
Cold War
Communism and Capitalism
Economic Reform
Economic Systems
Effect of Geographic Factors (Great Britain and Japan)
Environmental Effects of Industrialization
Effects of the Industrial Revolution on European Society
French Revolution (1789-1814)
Governmental Decision-Making
Human Rights Abuses (Children)
Human Rights Abuses (Post-World War II Era)
Mass Migration
Migrations of People
Modern Crises
Natural Resources and the Development of Nations
Perspectives of Imperialism
Revolutions (Non-Political)
Revolutions (Political)
Turning Points
Turning Points
Women’s Roles
•Theme:Individuals have brought about great changes in history. These individuals
have had positive and/or negative effects on nations or regions.
•Task: Choose two individuals from your study of global history and geography and
for each individual chosen:Choose two individuals from your study of global history and geography and
for each individual chosen:
~Discuss two specific changes made by the individual in a specific nation
or region
~Evaluate whether these changes have had a positive or a negative effect
on that nation or region
Elizabeth I
Nelson Mandela
Genghis Khan
Martin Luther
Napoleon Bonaparte
Toussaint L’Ouverture
Fidel Castro
Boris Yeltsin
Deng Xiaopin
& Yasir Arafat.
Fidel Castro
Cuban socialist leader who overthrew a dictator in 1959
Castro formed a group called “The Movement”
Castro planned a expedition to invade the Dominican Republic and overthrow their military
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Score of 5:
• Thoroughly develops all aspects of the task evenly and in depth by explaining a major idea or belief of two
philosophers and/or leaders and discussing how each of those ideas or beliefs changed one nation or region
• Is more analytical than descriptive (analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates information), e.g., John Locke:
governments formed to protect the basic human rights of life, liberty, and property; relationship of social
contract theory that king ruled with consent of subjects; subjects entered into contract promising to obey
monarch as long as rights were protected and if their rights were violated the people had the right to
overthrow the monarch; use of ideas in Two Treatises on Government to justify the overthrow of King
James II who tried to use divine right to rule without Parliament and appointed Catholics to political office;
England became a constitutional monarchy beginning with William and Mary in which rulers must follow
Bill of Rights; Nelson Mandela: worked to gain equality and political power by protesting apartheid; effect
as leader of African National Congress; organization of strikes and boycotts led to arrest and life sentence in
prison as a result of activities after the Sharpeville Massacre; imprisonment strengthened resolve to end
apartheid; connection between the release of Mandela and vote to end apartheid; election of Mandela as
President has done much to calm racial tensions in South Africa Richly supports the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details, e.g., John Locke: James II, divine
right; Bloodless or Glorious Revolution; constitutional monarchy; limited government; figurehead; Nelson
Mandela: African National Congress (ANC); passbooks; F. W. de Klerk; economic sanctions)
• Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that are
beyond a restatement of the theme.