Change Over Time Essay Outline AP World History Prompt: Analyze the social and economic transformations that occurred in the Atlantic world as a result of new contacts among Western Europe, Africa, and the Americas from 1492-1750. Step 1: Underline key aspects of the prompt Step 2:Rewrite the prompt into a question Step 3: Brainstorm at least three social or economic changes (at least one of each), and at least one continuity. Social changes include ethnic mix of population, changes in religion or belief systems, new social pyramids, gender relations, etc. Economic changes include new trade systems or goods, new labor systems, new types of agriculture, new economic models (e.g. capitalism or mercantilism) Potential Changes (social or economic?) Step 4: Analyze changes and continuities in chart below Potential Continuities (social or economic?) Social or Economic What was the situation like at the beginning of the period? What was the situation like at the end of the period (or at some points within the period)? What were some of the key causes or consequences of the change or continuity? Change #1 Change #2 Change #3 Continuity #1 Step 5: Write a draft thesis statement. Be sure to identify your changes and continuities in the thesis Step 6: Write a topic sentence for each paragraph—topic sentences should signal what your paragraph is going to be about, e.g. what change or continuity you are going to discuss. Topic Sentence 1: Topic Sentence 2: Topic Sentence 3: Step 7: Brainstorm key terms/evidence for the changes and continuities that you identified. Evidence could include statistics, names of trade routes or commodities, names of labor systems, key historical individuals, etc.