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It would be a rough draft essay. Cross out words / phrases with one line. Go back and add words / phrases if you need to. Use PAST TENSE. It would be an academic essay – use appropriate language. You would refrain from using the pronouns “I”, “you”, or “me”.



    • Han China (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.)

    • Imperial Rome (31 B.C.E.–476 C.E.)



Comparative Essay Scoring Guidelines How the essays are scored.

    • Has an acceptable thesis (1)

    • Addresses all parts of the question. (2)

    • Supports thesis with appropriate historical evidence.

    • [5 evidentiary statements] (2)

    • Makes at least three relevant, direct comparisons between and among societies. (1)

    • Analyzes at least two reasons for a similarity or difference identified in the direct comparison. (1)



  1. EXPANDED CORE Historical skills and knowledge required to show excellence Points: 0 - 2 Expands beyond basic core of 1-7 points.

    • Has a clear, analytical, and comprehensive thesis.

    • Addresses all parts of the questions (as relevant): comparisons, chronology, causation, connections, themes, interactions, content.

    • Provides ample historical evidence to substantiate thesis.

    • Relates comparisons to larger global context.

    • Makes several direct comparisons consistently between and among societies.

    • Consistently analyzes the causes and effects of relevant similarities and differences.

Ask yourself. . .

    • What were the main similarities in the social and gender structures of two classical civilizations? What are examples? Why did they have those similarities?

    • What were the main differences in the social and gender structures of two classical civilizations? What are examples? Why did they have those differences?

WORK IT OUT

    • Write 2 or 3 key similarities and 2 or 3 key differences in the social classes and gender structures of those two of the classical civs.

Complete Sentences

    • Write one of the similarities you wrote while brainstorming.

      • i.e. “Both Gupta and Roman social classes were . . .”

    • Give an example from the civilizations of that similarity—evidence that they are similar.

    • Explain why the civilizations have the similarity. What are the causes behind the similarity?

Give evidence for the differences and analyze.

    • Write one of the differences you listed while brainstorming.

    • Give an example from the civilizations of that difference—evidence for the difference.

    • Explain why the civilizations have that difference. What are the causes behind the differences?

Intro Paragraph – Build to the Thesis Sentence.

    • Opening sentence – give time frame and topics.

    • India and China from the 200s b.c.e to the 500s c.e. have both similarities and differences in their methods of political control.

Intro Paragraph – Build to the Thesis Sentence.

    • Thesis Statements – one or two sentences that directly respond to the prompt.

    • Han China and Mauryan and Gupta India were similar in using their strong militaries to control territories and also using an entrenched social class system for political control. However, only in Han China was a scholar bureaucracy used for political control.


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