for those of you who are new to history here are some pointers for paragraphs.
Start with a Key Idea Sentence. This should be like ‘writing the question in to the answer’. Markers like it when you use the words from the question here, as it shows you are attacking the question directly and staying on topic. It should give the reader a broad view of the content of the paragraph.
For example: If the question was ‘Explain the reasons why some Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi
I could start with ‘Some Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi in order to secure trade opportunities.’
With a key idea sentence like this then the whole paragraph would be about trade. If I wanted to cover 2 reasons in the same paragraph I’d put them both in the key idea sentence:
Some Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi in order to secure trade opportunities and gain advantages over rival hapu.
Next go in to your evidence. If you are answering an essay then you will be describing events. Make it detailed and specific.
You will then need to explain your evidence. The reader needs to know how it relates to the question. Unlike in English essays you can be very direct here – phrases such as ‘This shows that . . ‘ and ‘Therefore the situation was one of . . . due to . . . ‘ are good pointers for the reader. Use the words from the question too.

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We have taken advice from expert colleagues. They believe that PEEL works really well.

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