Steps to writing a good essay

Understand/deconstruct the question

    • Identify the topic
    • Find the relevant dates
    • Define key concepts or specific factors
    • Reflect on the command term(s)

Plan and write the essay

  • The introduction
      • Show that you understand the question
      • Indicate the scope of the essay
      • Set your line of argument
      • Provide a transition to the first paragraph
  • The main body / 4-6 paragraphs / each paragraph should include
    • A clear opening sentence which links to the questions and states the key point or argument of the paragraph
    • Evidence which supports the point given in the first sentence
    • Critical analysis and perspectives/explanation
    • A final sentence which sums up the argument of the paragraph and leads on to the next paragraph
  • The conclusion
    • Restate your main point or argument
    • Link back to the title to show that your argument answered the question set. Don’t introduce any new points or evidence in your conclusion.