Presentation on theme: "How To Write a Higher History Essay. Step One – Analyse the Question Read the question carefully Underline key dates, words or phrases. Brainstorm – what."— Presentation transcript:
Step One – Analyse the Question Read the question carefully Underline key dates, words or phrases. Brainstorm – what areas of evidence should I look at in my answer? Ask yourself what is the question asking me to do; Explain, Compare or Judge.
Step Two – Plan Your Essay Any essay should always have the following: Introduction Set your essay in context with 2-3 sentences of background information. Outline the question which your essay will answer. Outline the main factors you will consider.
Step Two – Plan Your Essay Main Section Deal with the main factors in a logical order. Write a short paragraph for each of your main factors. Use relevant facts/examples Spell historical terms/names correctly Use quotations to illustrate points or to show awareness of differing historical opinions. Link the evidence for each factor back to the main question.
Step Two – Plan Your Essay Conclusion Summarise the main points in your answer. Directly answer the question Indicate what is the most significant or important evidence which helped you to reach your conclusion.
Other Points to Note: Do not write in the first person ‘I think’ Write in paragraphs – do not use sub-headings. Use your own words as much as possible.