AQA GCSE History B - Answer Structure?

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saffarinda
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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
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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
  • 2 points
  • 2 explanations


OR

  • 4 individual points


6 Marks
3 paragraphs
  • 3 points
  • 3 explanations

8 Marks
4 paragraphs
  • 4 points
  • 4 explanations

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!!
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(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
  • 2 points
  • 2 explanations


OR

  • 4 individual points


6 Marks
3 paragraphs
  • 3 points
  • 3 explanations

8 Marks
4 paragraphs
  • 4 points
  • 4 explanations

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!!
Wow, thank you so much! I'll definitely try memorising this structure for my answers!
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sorry but that is way too much!!this is what i do:4 marks - 1 paragraph8 marks- 2 paragraphs, conclusion in most cases12 marks- 2 longer paragraphs conclusion16 marks- 3 longer paragraphs a good conclusion
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(Original post by danielg1)
sorry but that is way too much!!this is what i do:4 marks - 1 paragraph8 marks- 2 paragraphs, conclusion in most cases12 marks- 2 longer paragraphs conclusion16 marks- 3 longer paragraphs a good conclusion
same..thats what we do
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