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How to Structure a 'D' Question for GCSE (Religious Studies)?

I am struggling on structuring GCSE Religious D Question and would someone just help me by giving me a structure plan of the paragraphs?
Original post by xBlade_
I am struggling on structuring GCSE Religious D Question and would someone just help me by giving me a structure plan of the paragraphs?

I did my RS GCSE last year so it's been a while, but essentially what you need to do is choose 3-4 key features of whatever the question is asking you to explain and devote a paragraph to each, using quotations from scripture in each paragraph to back up what you're saying. For instance, if the question is something like "Explain the significance of salvation in Christianity", you'd find 3 to 4 ways in which it contributes to the Christian worldview and describe each one. If you're asked to explain what [a religious group] believes about something, you could talk about what different denominations/sects believe or the context of the beliefs.
I'm currently doing GCSE RS too and we are taught to write "the bible teaches christians that.....) then write 3 to 6 points depending if its for 2 religions or one if its 2 then write 3 strong points for each
Just finished RS GCSE (Edexcel), sitting the exams in summer 2017. Not sure if you are doing the new syllabus but, if not, I would recommend 3-4 points per paragraph with strong support using quotes. If they ask you about differences, do one paragraph on one sect/set of beliefs with variation, and then the next of the other. Very short intro (literally two or three lines). This worked for me at GCSE with 100% in my RS gcse so hope it helps you.
at my skl we do 2 KISSJA and a conclusionK - knowledgeI - impactS - specialist languageS -source of wisdom J - judgementA - analysis
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5 parts to this question1) Read and analyse the question2) Explain 1 argument for each opposing view3) Evaluate arguments4) Compare arguments5) Personal conclusion
In my school we do a 2 KISSJ and a conclusion

K - knowledge. So basically the point
I-impact. How this point impacts people’s lives / influences them .
S-source of wisdom. Quotes
S-specialist language. And key word eg. Bible or encyclical
J-judgement why this is a sting or weak argument. DO NOT say why YOUR paragraph is weak / strong just say why people would believe the point

You can do these in any order but leave the judgement till last
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This helped alot thanks
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sup guys 2022 student here i am currently studying for WJEC Re specification and covid hit a lot, tbh idk if i am even ready because for the last three years students didnt have exams so we are the first year back. I wonder if there are any older students who have done their exams who still checks these
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Yeah I do, your not alone
Hey I’m in year 11 right now and we use the structure of sort of sosonic you mainly just want to say some Christians, then other Christians, some Muslims, other Muslims then humanists if they want a humanist view too and we don’t tend to use the rest other than maybe like a little conclusion paragragh but mainly just the first 4. What you should also do is memorise quotations linked to the topics on that exam that is what allows you to excel onto level 7 and above grades. If you know your topics well too and can explain them and give examples that helps as well. Also ask your teacher they are great help too.
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My school uses the 2 ADDERS and a CAT structure. There's one ADDER for and one ADDER against.

Argue - give a reason/make your point
Develop - explain the argument (with relevance to the question)
Defend - use a source of wisdom/explain why this is a strong argument
Evaluate - explain weakness/issues with the argument and/or a contrasting view of the reason
Reason - respond to this weakness (e.g. flawed/invalid/weak)
Summary - give a brief concluding/summarising statement about the argument

Do the same for the opposing opinion too ofc.

Conclude - brief summary of points made
Add your opinion - explain which argument you agree/disagree with and why
Tie it all together - end with a strong statement that links back to the question.

Hope this helped :smile:
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“The only authority we should follow is our own conscience.”
Discuss the statement showing that you have considered more
than one point of view. AO2 [15]
(You must refer to religion and belief in your answer.)--This means a non religious point is not needed ,If you do it will state it in the question.

My theisis .....that you must not only look at the conscience but scripture,traditionand magisterium

do PEEIL x3 2 for against and 1 for/ or 2 for and 1 against (depending how many quotes you have for each )

Point-Catholics would agree with me because they believes you must look at Jesus Christ as he is the greatest role model
Evidence-sermon on the mount /SOM quotes
Explain -Beatitudes tell us how to enter heaven not just to live on earth unlike the commandments which tell us to be good people
Impact-Use the beatitudes to examine conscience not just commandments when doing confession for Catholics .
L ink-Is the point a Strong/Weak argue in your opinion and reasoning ....Strong argument -Jesus said'I am the way the truth and the life ' Jesus is the greatest role model as he is the hypostasic union Jesus does not make mistakes but as humans we do so the conscience is not always the best use of judgement .
Links for quotes and info :
Fr.Edattu Beatitudes -YouTube
Fr.Edattu Origins of the Bible -Youtube

Planning before hand for the D questions help you know what to write aswell as using quotes that can be used for multiple D questions e.g crusifixion links to suffering ,role models and obedience ,Life after death
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what would you write for ....prayer is too personal to be read from a prayer book (15m)
AAAA exam in less than 2 hours
Original post by xBlade_
I am struggling on structuring GCSE Religious D Question and would someone just help me by giving me a structure plan of the paragraphs?