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How To Write a Higher History Essay. 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.

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step one analyse the question
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
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.
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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.
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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
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.