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How To Write Higher History Essays

  • I couldn't find a thread for the new Higher history this year so I thought I'd make one. We can share our predictions for this years exam and what topics we are doing etc.

    My topics this year are
    The Liberal Goverment
    Suffragette period

    and Migration & Empire Scotland for my sources.

    Let me know what you guys are doing! what your best at what your nervous for! How your revise best!

  • Does anyone know how to actually get evaluation marks? I can never get above 18/20 in essays because I don't know how to do it. I know you can get up to 2 marks for evaluating 'isolated factors' but obviously before the exam I want to be targeting as close to 20 as possible. Without knowing how to get more marks for evaluation, I cannot do this. Please help someone

  • For evaluation, you essentially have to compare two factors against each other providing a reason why one factor is more important/effective than another. Here's an example from my extended essay which got 30/30:

    Therefore the suffragettes were an important factor in the campaign for women receiving the vote in 1918 to a certain extent. At the start of their campaign they proved very useful in publicising the struggle for women’s suffrage however the work of the suffragettes before the war actually hindered the effort and actually unknowingly proved the arguments against women gaining the vote such as them being deemed as “too emotional” through their very violent and militant tactics as very accurate and real whereas the work of the suffragists did the opposite and proved women were capable of taking part in the political process.

    It is difficult but achievable, you're more or less arguing why one factor is more effective/important than another. Hope this helps!

  • Presentation on theme: "How to write a Higher History Essay. What are we looking for A higher history essay is marked out of 20 –4 Marks are for Structure –6 Marks are for Knowledge."— Presentation transcript:

    1 How to write a Higher History Essay

    2 What are we looking for A higher history essay is marked out of 20 –4 Marks are for Structure –6 Marks are for Knowledge –10 Marks are for argument

    3 What does this mean You will not pass your essay unless you bring in some kind of argument throughout.

    4 How do I argue? You must explain your knowledge point and how it relates to the question –Was that act a success? –Were there limitations? –How did this effect the wider situation? –How did this increase tension? You must understand what the question is actually asking in order to produce a good flowing argument

    5 Phrases that highlight argument Many historians would argue…….. Modern historians would argue…… Critics would argue …….. Many commentators would argue……. Politicians at the time…… It is clear from the evidence that …………

    6 Summing up We need to make a judgement on the importance of each factor. Was this factor the most important factor? How important in the grand scheme were each of the factors. We need to have a small concluding sentence on each paragraph.

    7 Example of summing up It is clear that the introduction of the NHS was a success as many historians would argue that it was the ‘envy of the world’ and the impact of the NHS was significant therefore the Labour government were successful in tackling the problem of disease.

    8 Introduction/conclusion You need to set the background to the topic with some background knowledge then introduce the different factors which you will need to discuss. Take a fresh sentence each factor to say what the factor is (try not to just list them in comma’s)

    9 Your conclusion should sum up your overall argument. What was your key factor and explain why this is more important Bring in the other factors and how they added to the argument Try to give a good conclusion to leave the marker in no doubt this is a good essay.

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