This is a two day lesson for AP World History students to practice their comparison essay writing by using a modified version of the Comparison Essay from the 2009 AP Exam related to the diffusion of Buddhism and Christianity up to 1450CE. The presentation begins with an overview of the CC rubric and then breaks down each of the points possible and their requirements (thesis, addressing all parts, evidence, analysis, direct comparisons) and includes some examples of proper use of direct comparisons and analysis. The students are then directed to complete a "modified" version of the CC essay which requires them to write a complete thesis paragraph followed by one comparison paragraph and one contrast paragraph (including evidence, direct comparisons, and analysis).
The second day of the lesson is a self/peer review of the essay. Students first read their own essay to determine if they meet the requirements to earn the various points and then they switch with a peer to try and determine the points their partner would earn. All of the directions for the self/peer editing and grading process are included within the power point.