Once you have made all your points and supported those points with evidence and explanations you are nearly there. You just need to add a final paragraph reminding the reader of the main points that back up your argument.
One of the most important things about an essay is the way it looks. A teacher or examiner will get a sense of how good an essay is just by glancing at it. If it is in a single block of text, with no paragraph breaks, for example, it is not going to get more than a D.
Make sure your:
- paragraphs are clearly indicated - indent each opening line or leave a gap between paragraphs
- paragraphs are around the same length - this will show that your essay has a balanced structure including clear points, evidence and explanation (remember P-E-E!)
- longer quotations are easily seen - they should sit clearly in the middle of the page
Now try a Test Bite.
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The rationale for this post has been explored here . My intention is to provide an outline and resources to help students in Year 10/11 approach “the Beast” – the 6 poem coursework extravaganza that gives 40% of their IGCSE marks…
The task requires careful planning and is the nearest i get to a scaffold at this level. I try to encourage clear planning of each paragraph, let alone the essay as a whole and I am working on a model of roughly 3 paragraphs for each “major” essay with the “minor”poems being used as links between the majors – roughly a single paragraph for each.
Here is the teaching outline: coursework 2015
I also referred in the original post to John Thomsett’s excellent post on Janus Sentences: janus sentences
This booklet was prepared by a colleague: Jade Boyle. It is a cracking piece of work.
Y10 Lit coursework booklet
I attach a set of EDEXCEL sample essays for information and recommend that all students look at these. It is brilliant to write in a manner which is a consistent comparison, but Edexcel are clear that direct comparison is not needed and I recommend the 3-1-3-1-1-3 outline as a good starting point.
Examples High Mark Courseworkf
Exemplar Materials 4ET0 03 June 2014