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Ocr Gcse History Model Answers For Essays

 
  1. Hello everyone!

    In History, I'm generally fairly good at remembering the information and inserting it all into my answers. But for some reason, I rarely ever reach full marks in my answers.

    My teacher keeps mentioning how it's due to structure, so I was wondering if anyone knows the structure for the 4, 6, 10, 8, and 12 mark questions?

    I've looked at the example questions in the revision guide, but even following that I've lost a mark due to structure, so I was hoping a History genius on here could provide an A* structure aha.

    Thank you! x

  2. Hi saffarinda!

    I'm not sure if the structure we're taught is official in anyway but it seems to work for our class :-)

    We've been taught to write them in the following way:

    4 Marks
    2 paragraphs


    OR



    6 Marks
    3 paragraphs

    8 Marks
    4 paragraphs

    10 Marks
    A more detailed essay
    • Introduction - introducing each side (for and against the given statement)
    • 2/3 paragraphs for the statement
    • 2/3 paragraphs against the statement

    • Conclusion - summing up the points made and answering the question (e.g I agree with the statement or the USSR was more effective)


    12 Marks
    If it is a utility question (e.g how useful is the source B in...) it should be written in a very similar way to the 10 mark question.

    • Introduction - introducing each side (for and against the given statement/ for and against the source being useful)
    • 2/3 paragraphs for the statement
    • 2/3 paragraphs against the statement

    • Conclusion - summing up the points made and answering the question (e.g The source is fairly useful because...)


    An important thing to consider in all 12 mark questions is to evaluate the usefulness of sources even if it isn't directly the question. Essentially you should just question all of the facts you state and whether or not they give conclusive evidence.

    I'm doing OCR GCSE but I guess that its very similar style questions :P

    I hope this helps (I'm not too sure about the 12 markers) and if you need them I have a couple of example answers I could show you.

    Good Luck!!

  3. (Original post by toby314)
    Hi saffarinda!

    I'm not sure if the structure we're taught is official in anyway but it seems to work for our class :-)

    We've been taught to write them in the following way:

    4 Marks
    2 paragraphs


    OR



    6 Marks
    3 paragraphs

    8 Marks
    4 paragraphs

    10 Marks
    A more detailed essay
    • Introduction - introducing each side (for and against the given statement)
    • 2/3 paragraphs for the statement
    • 2/3 paragraphs against the statement
    • Conclusion - summing up the points made and answering the question (e.g I agree with the statement or the USSR was more effective)


    12 Marks
    If it is a utility question (e.g how useful is the source B in...) it should be written in a very similar way to the 10 mark question.

    • Introduction - introducing each side (for and against the given statement/ for and against the source being useful)
    • 2/3 paragraphs for the statement

Introduction to 20 mark essay writing

Essay writing in Higher History is very important. Overall, 70% of your grade will be ascertained from the essays you write, 30% from your extended essay and 40% from your 2 essays in Paper 1 of the final examination.

As you have advanced through the school in Standard Grade and Intermediate 2 you will have learned how to write short essays worth 8 marks. You will remember how daunting these essays seemed to be when you first started writing them. You will also remember how writing these essays became easier with practice.

Essay writing is a skill, something that has to be learned. You had to learn how to introduce your essay, develop the points and then conclude your argument when writing 8 mark answers.

Essay writing at higher takes you a stage further in your development as rational, discursive and deliberating beings and again you will have to learn how to write Higher Essays skilfully.

However, some words of warning! Your development of these “higher” skills will not come naturally, neither will they come from listening attentively to your teacher or copying your friends essays (it does happen and these people are invariably caught). Your development of these essay writing skills will be down to hard work, reading and practice. Simple.