This is an "Enduring Issue" essay modeled on the draft New Regents examinations in New York State scheduled to being in 2019 for grade ten as described at EngageNY.
This essay is suitable for high school students who have studied world history at a high school level from first civilizations to 1200 CE. I administer this at around week 30 of the school year.
Though the new exam only addresses grade 10 material, students who are taught to write this sort of essay right from grade 9 will be more successful! That's why I teach this in 9th grade too.
This product includes the following:
1. The essay prompt in PDF
2. A grading rubric
3. A zip file that can be uploaded to TeachersWebHost.com for online essay composition and assessment
I use this essay in my 9th grade Global class in April.