August 2012 Global Regents Thematic Essay Turning Points

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Below you will find a listing of the last NYS Global History Regents topics for both the Thematic and DBQ Essay. While this list can assist you on focusing on topics that have not appeared in a while, you should be aware that topics repeat often over the course of a couple of years such as different versions of Change, and Conflict.

Jun 2017: DBQ and/or Thematic Essay Educated Guesses

  • Revolutions (Political/Non-Political)
  • Conflict (Cold War, WWI, etc)
  • Human Rights Violations/Genocide
  • Political Systems

Note:

    • Belief Systems & Geography (at least once before last 6 exams - 2018)

Thematic Essay Topics

Last Thematic TopicsMonthYearGeographyNon-Geography
Needs & Wants (Economic/Geogrpahy)Jan2017X
Belief SystemsAug2016X
Human and Physical Geography & Technological AdvancesJun2016X
ImperialismJan2016X
Movement of People and GoodsAug2015X
Belief SystemsJun2015X
Human and Physical GeographyJan2015X
Change—Political LeadersAug2014X
Change—Challenges to Tradition or AuthorityJun2014X
Human Rights - Leaders & Their IdeasJan2014X
Conflict—Armed ConflictAug2013X
Change—RevolutionJun2013X
Change—Collapse of GovernmentJan2013X
TechnologyAug2012X
Human and Physical GeographyJun2012X
Change—IndividualsJan2012X
Change — Global IssuesAug2011X
TechnologyJune2011X
Geographic FeaturesJan2011X
NationalismAug2010X
Change - IdeasJune2010X
Philosophers/ leaders/ piece of writing Jan2010X
Belief Systems Aug2009X
Human Rights violations June2009X
Geographic Factors/ Cultural Diffusion Jan2009X
Adapting to Physical Environment Aug2008X
Belief Systems June2008X
Nonpolitical RevolutionsJan2008X
Effects of Political Systems Aug2007X
Political Change June2007X
Human Rights violations Jan2007X
Trade Routes/Organizations effects Aug2006X
Confict between groups June2006X
Philosophers/Leaders ideas and beliefs Jan2006X
Global Problems Aug2005X
20th Century Politcal Events June2005X
Actions of Leaders Jan2005X

DBQ Essay Topics

Last DBQ TopicsMonthYearGeographyNon-Geography
Imperialism - Colonial India to IndependenceJan2017X
Urbanization and IndustrializationAug2016X
Nationalism - Post WWII Germany,Palestine, and British IndiaJun2016X
Laws: Tokugawa Shogunate, Nazi Germany, ApartheidJan2016X
Leaders & Governments: Increase Power & Control PeopleAug2015X
Empires: Roman, Ottoman, and BritainJun2015X
Individuals: Problems Emerged & Wanted to Face - Bartolomé de Las Casas, Maximilien Robespierre, and Mohandas GandhiJan2015X
Turning points: Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, The Signing of the Nanjing Treaty, and the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand Aug2014X
Geography: Egypt Nile Irrigation, Coal in Great Britain,Aztec & Chinampas Jan2014X
Economic Development: China (1976-Present), Mexico (1980–present), Botswana (1966–present)Aug 2013X
Technological Advancements: stirrup & bow, caraval, railroadsJun2013X
Need for food products salt, cotton, and sugar on societiesJan2013X
Protest Movements: Women's Rights in Great Britain, Prodemocracy China, ApartheidAug 2012X
Autocratic Leaders (Shi Huandi, Peter the Great, Louis XIV)Jun2012X
Transportation Systems - Roads, Canals, RailroadsJan 2012X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/OttomanAug 2011X
Human Rights Violations - Ukrainians, Cambodians, and RwandansJune 2011X
Ideas - Heliocentrism, Natural Rights, MarxismJan2011X
Belief SystemsAug2010X
Geographic Factors - Effects on Nations/RegionsJune2010X
Food Production Revolutions Jan2010X
Usage and Control of Waterways Aug2009X
Middle Ages/Industrial Revolution/Age of Globalization June2009X
Da Vinci/L'Ouverture/GandhiJan2009X
Migrations of People- Jews, Africans, Muslims, HindusAug2008X
World Problems-Genocide/Threats to Environment/WMD'sJune2008X
Peter the Great/ Adolf Hitler/Mao Zedong Jan2008
Natural Resources- Water/coal/oil/diamonds Aug2007X
Economic Systems- manorialism/mercantilism/communism June2007X
French Revolution Jan2007X
Cold War- Effects on Europe/Asia/Latin America Aug2006X
Industrial Revolution-Positive/Negative Effects June2006X
Imperialism-Differing Perspectives Colonists vs Colonizers Jan2006X
Wars- Outcomes & Reasons June2005X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/French Aug2005X
Printing Press/Steam-power/Atomic BombJan2005X

Presentation on theme: "Past Thematic Essay Questions Global Studies Myers."— Presentation transcript:

1 Past Thematic Essay Questions Global Studies Myers

2 Remember: When you get your exam  turn to the back and look at the Thematic and DBQ Essay topics. Look at the last page of the DBQ essay task sheet and notice how many documents you need to include in your essay. On a piece of scrap paper, write down the number of any multiple choice question that you can use on either essay. Remember you need outside information about the DBQ – use the multiple choice for examples or inspiration.

3 Thematic Essay Writing The purpose of a thematic essay is to measure your comprehension of social studies concepts and themes. It requires you to make connections and links between different historical events across time.

4 Your goal should be a 4 or 5! Score of 4: Shows a good understanding of the theme or problem Addresses all aspects of the task Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare and/or contrast issues and events Includes relevant facts, examples, and details, but may not support all aspects of the theme or problem evenly Is a well-developed essay, demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem

5 Score of 5 Shows a thorough understanding of the theme or problem Addresses all aspects of the task Shows an ability to analyze, evaluate, compare and/or contrast issues and events Richly supports the theme or problem with relevant facts, examples, and details Is a well-developed essay, consistently demonstrating a logical and clear plan of organization Introduces the theme or problem by establishing a framework that is beyond a simple restatement of the task and concludes with a summation of the theme or problem

6 Sample Essay Topics In the next few slides, you will find several sample thematic essays from old Regents Exams. For each essay topic, construct a brief outline or plan of attack. Remember, outside information isn’t only for DBQ essays!

7 Conflict 1 Identify one conflict that has threatened peace in a nation or region and Discuss one major cause of that conflict Identify two opposing groups involved in the conflict and discuss one viewpoint of each group Discuss the extent to which the conflict was or was not resolved

8 Conflict 2 Identify two ethnic, religious, political, and/or cultural conflicts and for each: Discuss the historical circumstances that led to the conflict Analyze the effect of this conflict on two groups involved

9 Turning Points Identify two major turning points in global history and for each: Describe the historical circumstances surrounding the turning point Explain how each turning point changed the course of history

10 Change 1 Choose two philosophers and/or leaders and for each Explain a major idea or belief of that philosopher or leader Discuss how that idea or belief changed one nation or region

11 Change 2 Identify two leaders who changed the society in which they lived and for each Describe one situation the leader attempted to change Describe one action the leader took to change this situation Discuss the impact of that action on the society in which the leader lived

12 Change 3 Choose one political revolution from your study of global history and geography and: Explain the causes of the revolution Describe the effects this political revolution had on society Evaluate whether the changes that resulted from the political revolution resolved the problems that caused it

13 Change [Political Events] Identify two 20th-century political events and for each Discuss the historical circumstances surrounding the event Evaluate the extent to which this event has had a positive or a negative effect on global history

14 Change [Individuals Who Have Changed History] Identify two individuals who have changed global history and for each: Explain one belief or achievement of that individual Discuss the positive and/or negative effects of the individual’s belief or achievement

15 Belief Systems Choose two belief systems from your study of global history, and for each one: Identify the nation or region where it was founded. Describe two basic teachings of the belief system. Discuss how the belief system has influenced the culture of the areas in which it is currently practiced.

16 Trade: Movement of People and Goods Identify two trade routes and/or trade organizations and for each Explain one reason for the establishment of the trade route or trade organization Discuss one positive effect or one negative effect of the trade route or trade organization on a specific nation or region

17 Global Problems Select two different global problems and for each Describe one major cause of the global problem Discuss one effect of the global problem on a specific nation or region

18 Economic Systems Identify one society and one economic system that has been used or is being used in that society and Discuss the historical circumstances surrounding the development of that economic system Describe two features of the economic system Evaluate the impact the economic system had on this society during a specific historical period

19 Human and Physical Geography (Geographic Impact on Societies) Select one geographic factor that influenced life in a nation or region before A.D. 1500, and using specific examples, discuss the influence of that geographic factor on the people of that nation or region Select a different geographic factor that influenced life in a nation or region after A.D. 1500, and using specific examples, discuss the influence of that geographic factor on the people of that nation or region

20 Past Acronyms! Modernization, Meiji, Matthew Perry Ends Feudalism, Restores Emperor Industrial Revolution in Japan Japan (1868 -1912) Isolated island nation Imperialism

21 French Revolution T – The influences of the Enlightenment and American Revolution E – Estate System R – Rev begins (Storming of the Bastille) R – Reign of Terror O – Off with Louis XVI’s head! R – Rise of Napoleon

22 Mandela Arrested for Anti-Apartheid Nationalist Detained in prison for 27 years Elected President after release Leader/Lawyer Africa ( South) – African National Congress

23 Changes during the IR I – Increase of population and Middle Class N – New Advances in Science D – Dangerous Working Conditions U - Urbanization S – Standard of Living Increases T – Transportation improves R – Rise of pollution Y - Yeah, steel production improved

24 Contributions Classical Civilizations – Law & Government Athens : Greece - mountains, water, islands Direct Democracy Democracy Rome – peninsula – Mediterranean Representative - Republic: type of democracy

25 Reasons for Imperialsim R – Rise of Nationalism U – Use your resources and markets L – Let our troops stay there E - Ethnocentrism

26 WWI Alliances BritainAustria AmericaGermany Ottoman Russia France

27 Causes of WWI M - militarism A – alliances I - imperialism N - nationalism

28 Remember Bring a pencil & a pen No electronic devices Get there by 8 am Eat breakfast Sleep at least 6 hours GOOD LUCK!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

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