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Analysis of Sources
Types of Sources
||Thematic essays will require students to
write a coherent essay that has an introduction, supporting paragraphs and a conclusion. Note
that the current SED social studies essay is divided into multiple sections, which invite
independent responses. Currently, students can receive full credit without writing an
introduction or conclusion.
- focus on concepts and themes in the Social Studies Learning
- go beyond recall and reiteration of facts.
- emphasize critical thinking skills.
- ask students to make connections and linkages.
- are criterion referenced and employ a 5 point scoring rubric.
- require students to move beyond responding to the separate tasks in
the question, and consider the connections between sections of the question.
To receive full credit in a five point rubric scale, an essay would
- show a clear understanding of the theme.
- address all aspects of the task.
- show an ability to analyze issues and events.
- write a cohesive, cogent essay that uses a rich variety of details.
- summarizes key arguments and points made in the essay.
- include a strong introduction and conclusion.
Credit would be reduced if the essay:
- failed to address all aspect of the task.
- lacked depth or accuracy.
- used faulty analysis of the theme or lacked any analysis of the
- lacked focus, concrete examples or historic details.
- lacked an introduction or conclusion.
Guide to Thematic Essays