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Thematic Essay Question Geography

Thematic Essay Question Geography

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Cannistraci Name:_____________
Date:________
You must complete one of the following essays on geography. You may choose
whichever one you wish. When you answer the essay please circle the essay
you chose to answer.

Please remember to review the rubric.

1. THEMATIC ESSAY QUESTION
Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several
paragraphs addressing the task
below, and a conclusion.
Theme: Geography
Geographic features have influenced the historical and cultural development of
civilizations, empires, countries, and regions of the world.
Task:
Select three different geographic features and for each
• Discuss how this geographic feature influenced the historical and/or cultural
development of a specific civilization, empire, country, or region
You may use any geographic feature from your study of global history. Some
suggestions
you might wish to consider include rivers, seas, oceans, rain forests, plains,
mountains, deserts,
islands, and monsoons.
You are not limited to these suggestions.
Do not write about the geographic features of the United States.

2. THEMATIC ESSAY QUESTION
Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several
paragraphs addressing the task
below, and a conclusion.
Theme: Geography
Geographic factors have affected the development of nations and regions. These
factors have also promoted or hindered cultural diffusion.
Task:
Select two different geographic factors and for each
• Explain how the geographic factor affected the development of a specific
nation/region
• Discuss how that geographic factor promoted or hindered cultural diffusion
You may use any geographic factor from your study of global history. Some
suggestions you
might wish to consider include deserts, rivers, mountains, plains, islands, irregular
coastlines,
straits, climate, and location.
You are not limited to these suggestions.
Do not write about geographic factors in the United States in your response
3. THEMATIC ESSAY QUESTION

Theme: Geography (How Humans Change Their Environment)
Throughout global history, human societies in various nations and regions have
changed their physical environments to meet their needs. Societies have built
structures, removed vegetation and resources, and modified the land to meet
their needs. These changes have often had different results.
Task:
Select two different nations/regions and for each
• Explain why the society modified their environment
• Explain how the people of that specific nation/region modified their physical
environment
• Discuss the effect this modification had on that nation/region
You may use any nation or region from your study of global history. Some
suggestions you
might wish to consider include Middle East (modified the land), Africa (modified
the land),
Japan (modified the land), Great Britain (removed resources), South Africa
(removed
resources), Brazil (removed vegetation), China (built a structure), and East
Germany (built
structures).
You are not limited to these suggestions.
Do not select the United States or a region of the United States as an example in
your answer.

Revised Generic Scoring Rubric - Appendix A
Appendix A: Revised Thematic Essay Generic Scoring Rubric (February 2004)
Score of 5:
 Thoroughly develops all aspects of the task evenly and in depth
 Is more analytical than descriptive (analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates* information)
 Richly supports the theme with many relevant facts, examples, and details
 Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a
conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme
Score of 4:
 Develops all aspects of the task but may do so somewhat unevenly
 Is both descriptive and analytical (applies, analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates
information)
 Supports the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details
 Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a
conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme
Score of 3:
 Develops all aspects of the task with little depth or develops most aspects of the task in
some depth
 Is more descriptive than analytical (applies, may analyze, and/or evaluate information)
 Includes some relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some minor
inaccuracies
 Demonstrates a satisfactory plan of organization; includes an introduction and a
conclusion that may be a restatement of the theme
Score of 2:
 Minimally develops all aspects of the task or develops some aspects of the task in some
depth
 Is primarily descriptive; may include faulty, weak, or isolated application or analysis
 Includes few relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some inaccuracies
 Demonstrates a general plan of organization; may lack focus; may contain digressions;
may not clearly identify which aspect of the task is being addressed; may lack an
introduction and/or a conclusion
Score of 1:
 Minimally develops some aspects of the task
 Is descriptive; may lack understanding, application, or analysis
 Includes few relevant facts, examples, or details; may include inaccuracies
 May demonstrate a weakness in organization; may lack focus; may contain digressions;
may not clearly identify which aspect of the task is being addressed; may lack an
introduction and/or a conclusion
Score of 0:
 Fails to develop the task or may only refer to the theme in a general way; OR includes no
relevant facts, examples, or details; OR includes only the theme, task, or suggestions as
copied from the test booklet; OR is illegible; OR is a blank paper

* The term create as used by Anderson/Krathwohl, et al. in their 2001 revision of Bloom’s
Taxonomy of Educational Objectives refers to the highest level of the cognitive domain. This
usage of create is similar to Bloom’s use of the term synthesis. Creating implies an insightful
reorganization of information into a new pattern or whole. While a level 5 paper will contain
analysis and/or evaluation of information, a very strong paper may also include examples of
creating information as defined by Anderson and Krathwohl.


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