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Comparison Essay—100 points--Due Monday, April 2nd

Essay Question:Who was more influential in the 1920s and 1980s--Great Persons or Civil Society?
Goal: Write an essay that analyzes, compares and ranks three 1920’s topics and three 1980s topics.

Tasks: Prepare an outline in class on Wednesday and Thursday, The outline will cite evidence from the 1920s and 1980s Topic Tables. Post the essay to your wiki page on Monday, April 2 before the end of the school day. In class on Monday, submit the outline and four evidence tables.

There are two parts to the essay:
Part I: Analysis
Use the four criteria of the Great Man Continuum to analyze each topic's long-run significance in American society. Specifically,
  1. describe the significance of the accomplishment,
  2. the endurance of the legacy,
  3. extent of the topics influence, and
  4. impact on daily life of people then and now.

Part II: Comparison
Based on this analysis, select the most influential of the three topics from the 1920s and the three topics from the 1980s. Draw on your analysis in Part I to explain the reasons why you selected the 1920s topic and the 1980s topic. Also, for both decades explain why your second choice was less influential than you first choice but more influential than your third choice.


RUBRIC

A quality comparison essay will

•Use the four criteria of the Great Man Continuum to analyze the significance of three 1920’s topics and three 1980s topics.

•Analyze of each of the 6 topics with evidence taken from the 1920s and 1980s wikis,

•Develop a thoughtful and thorough conclusions on all 6 topics,

•Rank the three topics for each decade and explain why one topic is more influential than the other two,

•Answer the essay question with a clear, well reasoned argument,

•Explain why the second choice fell short compared to the first choice but is more just than the third choice,

•Organize ideas in extended power paragraphs,

•Identify the source and establish its credibility with an appositive phrase,

•Cite evidence with internal citations and in a Works Cited. Click links for exemplars.



Do you need some help getting started?
The essay may be organized as follows:

Part 1: Introduce the Question, the Criteria and the three 1920s topics and three 1980s topics.
Set up a context for the essay. Explain how you will use the Great Man Criteria to determine the most influential topic of each decade. Explain how you selected the three topics for each decade.
Paragraph 1 = Introduction

Part 2: Analyze the three 1920s topics using the four Great Man Criteria.
Write four extended power paragraph that analyzes the evidence and extent to which each topic met the criteria.
For example:
Paragraph 2 = Describe the significance of the accomplishment of all 3 1920s topics.
Paragraph 3 = Explain the endurance of the legacy of all 3 1920s topics
Paragraph 4 = Describe the extent of the topics influence of all 3 1920s topics.
Paragraph 5 = Explain impact on daily life of people then and now of all 3 1920s topics.

Part 3: Analyze the three 1980s topics using the four Great Man Criteria.
Write an extended power paragraph that analyzes the evidence and extent to which each topic met the criteria.
Paragraph 6 = Describe the significance of the accomplishment of all 3 1980s topics.
Paragraph 7 = Explain the endurance of the legacy of all 3 1980s topics
Paragraph 8 = Describe the extent of the topics influence of all 3 1980s topics.
Paragraph 9 = Explain impact on daily life of people then and now of all 3 1980s topics.

Part 4: Rank the three 1920s topics and the three 1980s topics and explain why one topic is more influential than the other two.
You must explain why your first choice most influential as well as why your second is less influential than the first but more influential than the third choice. In this closing paragraph you will answer the essay question and explain the reasons for your selection of the most influential 1920s and 1980s topics.
Paragraph 10 = Comparison summarizes your analysis and answers the essay question.