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History a-level 25 mark essay structure

Hi, I'm doing History International A-Levels, and I really need HELP!!1. For 25-mark questions like,
"Historians have different explanations for the growth of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in the
years 1920–24.
‘The role of Adolf Hitler was the main reason for the growth of the Nazi Party (NSDAP)
in the years 1920–24.’
Assess this view using your own knowledge of the issue"
HOW MANY POINTS DO I WRITE THAT AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT, AND HOW MANY POINTS TO DISAGREE? IT'S FOR 25 MARKS
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Reply 1
Hey, i'm not sure for 25 markers because my exam q go up to 20 marks only but i'm sure they're not too different. I've always been taught to agree with the question because its so much easier so in this case, you would agree that the role of Adolf Hitler was the main reason for growth of the Nazi party as your overarching argument and you'd put this in your introduction. Then you'd argue that Hitler was the main reason as point no 1, counter-argue it as point no 2 , then argue again he was as point no 3 ( 2 agrees, 1 disagree). And i've been taught to do an intro paragraph, 3 paras arguing and then a conclusion so in total you'll have 5 paragraphs and I found that that structure has helped me most. Don't forget to add a strong judgement as part of your conclusion and also check the mark schemes of your exam board to get a better understanding of how you are marked. sorry i went off on a tangent but hope this helps!! :smile:
I would write at least three main points, the first being that Hitler was the main reason for its growth and then two others that could support the argument i.e. that they weren't as important to its growth as Hitler was or you could argue it the other way. I would also try to write an introduction and conclusion to make sure you are keeping a sustained judgement throughout about whether you believe Hitler was the main reason
Original post by m_liiii4
Hey, i'm not sure for 25 markers because my exam q go up to 20 marks only but i'm sure they're not too different. I've always been taught to agree with the question because its so much easier so in this case, you would agree that the role of Adolf Hitler was the main reason for growth of the Nazi party as your overarching argument and you'd put this in your introduction. Then you'd argue that Hitler was the main reason as point no 1, counter-argue it as point no 2 , then argue again he was as point no 3 ( 2 agrees, 1 disagree). And i've been taught to do an intro paragraph, 3 paras arguing and then a conclusion so in total you'll have 5 paragraphs and I found that that structure has helped me most. Don't forget to add a strong judgement as part of your conclusion and also check the mark schemes of your exam board to get a better understanding of how you are marked. sorry i went off on a tangent but hope this helps!! :smile:

hii thankyou so much for the reply, I really appreciate it <3 I have a much better idea now!
So:
1: intro
2: agree
3: counter-argue
4. show why I think my original argument is more valid than the counter argument
5: conclusion
right?
Original post by JemmaL
I would write at least three main points, the first being that Hitler was the main reason for its growth and then two others that could support the argument i.e. that they weren't as important to its growth as Hitler was or you could argue it the other way. I would also try to write an introduction and conclusion to make sure you are keeping a sustained judgement throughout about whether you believe Hitler was the main reason

Heyy thanks so much for responding, i'm so grateful <3 so that's about 5 paras right?
Original post by m_liiii4
Hey, i'm not sure for 25 markers because my exam q go up to 20 marks only but i'm sure they're not too different. I've always been taught to agree with the question because its so much easier so in this case, you would agree that the role of Adolf Hitler was the main reason for growth of the Nazi party as your overarching argument and you'd put this in your introduction. Then you'd argue that Hitler was the main reason as point no 1, counter-argue it as point no 2 , then argue again he was as point no 3 ( 2 agrees, 1 disagree). And i've been taught to do an intro paragraph, 3 paras arguing and then a conclusion so in total you'll have 5 paragraphs and I found that that structure has helped me most. Don't forget to add a strong judgement as part of your conclusion and also check the mark schemes of your exam board to get a better understanding of how you are marked. sorry i went off on a tangent but hope this helps!! :smile:

Also this is what i've been doing so far (i'm self studying so I don't know if my methods are valid)
1. Intro: "I agree to a certain extent that Hitler's role was one of the main reasons for the growth of the NSDAP, but there were also other significant factors such as the roles of Gregor Strasser and Josef Goebbels. In the below essay, I will be assessing the significance of Hitler's role and weigh out its importance in relation to other factors.
2. Para 2: (Here I write about Hitler's role and the extent to which it helped the growth of the NSDAP"
3. Para 3: (Here I discuss another factor that ALSO contributed to the growth like Goebbels' role."
4. Para 4: (Here I discuss a 2nd factor that contributed, like Strasser's role."
5. Conclusion: In conclusion, while I certainly believe that Hitler's role was one of the key reasons for the growth of the NSDAP, there were several other factors also at play - therefore I agree with the statement to a certain extent, but not completely.
END OF ESSAY
Can you tell me how this essay plan sounds? I'd really appreciate ANY feedback!
Original post by JemmaL
I would write at least three main points, the first being that Hitler was the main reason for its growth and then two others that could support the argument i.e. that they weren't as important to its growth as Hitler was or you could argue it the other way. I would also try to write an introduction and conclusion to make sure you are keeping a sustained judgement throughout about whether you believe Hitler was the main reason

Also this is what i've been doing so far (i'm self studying so I don't know if my methods are valid)

1. Intro: "I agree to a certain extent that Hitler's role was one of the main reasons for the growth of the NSDAP, but there were also other significant factors such as the roles of Gregor Strasser and Josef Goebbels. In the below essay, I will be assessing the significance of Hitler's role and weigh out its importance in relation to other factors.

2. Para 2: (Here I write about Hitler's role and the extent to which it helped the growth of the NSDAP"

3. Para 3: (Here I discuss another factor that ALSO contributed to the growth like Goebbels' role."

4. Para 4: (Here I discuss a 2nd factor that contributed, like Strasser's role."

5. Conclusion: In conclusion, while I certainly believe that Hitler's role was one of the key reasons for the growth of the NSDAP, there were several other factors also at play - therefore I agree with the statement to a certain extent, but not completely.

END OF ESSAY

Can you tell me how this essay plan sounds? I'd really appreciate ANY feedback!
Yes that’s what i would do, I’d just give it a go, I mean you can only improve from your first try

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