Change Over Time (COT) Essay Writing Tips The comparative essay will ask you to analyze changes and continuities over a specified period of time within one or more regions. Essentially you will discuss the evolution of a region with respect to traditions that will continue but recognize the important forces and impacts that cause change. When writing this essay focus on the following points: 1. Formulate a Game Plan: Take 5 minutes to sketch out a basic plan and key points that you want to make. (Do not underestimate the importance of this step). 2. Thesis: a. Write a relevant thesis that outlines your major points of change and continuities. Indicate by example those points of change and continuities that you will explain in your body paragraphs. b. Include dates/time period(s) where appropriate c. Use 3 SPECTs unless instructed otherwise to organize your points of similarities/differences i.e. - “technologically and culturally this region experiences change with respect to …. However continuities are found politically due to ….. 3. Body Paragraphs: a. Answer all parts of the question as evenly and with as much accurate historical detail as possible. Your goal should be roughly to spend 50% of your essay on change and 50% on continuities. (This is a rough estimate/guide). b. Make your points of change and continuities as direct as possible i.e. economically high volumes of trade were maintained that led to increase government taxation and wealth for nobles but peasant dissatisfaction. Remarkably, a difference was the technology of society B enabled them to take advantage of improvements in oceanic navigation and ship design thereby projecting political power and increasing wealth … c. Analyze/explain the reasons for change and/or continuities at least twice in your essay. d. Don’t forget to use as much accurate historical detail as you can i.e. vocabulary, description of events, dates, people etc… 4. Conclusion: Finish with a basic 3 sentence summary conclusion.