Sample Thematic Essay

Grade 10

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Generic Thematic Essay Rubric

Nationalism: Throughout global history,
nationalism has had positive and negative effects.


  1. Define the term "nationalism"
  2. Select one country you have studied and give specific historic examples so nationalism with in the at country
  3. Describe a situation where nationalism was either a positive or a negative force in that country’s history.

You may use any nation from your study of
global history except the United States

Suggestions: (You are not limited to these suggestions.)

  • Venezuela: 19th c.

  • Germany: 19th and 20th c.

  • China: early 20th c.

  • India: 20th c

  • Kenya: post World War II

  • Balkans: late 20th c.