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Sqa History Extended Essay Plan

There are six types of questions in a National 5 History exam paper. Some of them involve using your own knowledge whilst some of them use sources. You can visit Mr Marr’s YouTube page to get advice videos on how to answer each type of question.

In this section you can get information on answering each of these questions, as well as examples for you to check your knowledge. You can also look at an example exam paper.

If you try any of the example questions, ask your teacher to check your work for you.

* Describe questions (Knowledge)

* Explain questions (Knowledge)

Short essay questions (Knowledge)

* How fully? questions (Sources)

* ‘Evaluate the usefulness’ questions (Sources)

* Comparison questions (Sources)

* Example National 5 exam paper

You can also use or print off this helpful guide on how to answer each type of exam question.

N5 ‘how to answer exam questions’ h from mrmarr

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Introduction to 20 mark essay writing

Essay writing in Higher History is very important. Overall, 70% of your grade will be ascertained from the essays you write, 30% from your extended essay and 40% from your 2 essays in Paper 1 of the final examination.

As you have advanced through the school in Standard Grade and Intermediate 2 you will have learned how to write short essays worth 8 marks. You will remember how daunting these essays seemed to be when you first started writing them. You will also remember how writing these essays became easier with practice.

Essay writing is a skill, something that has to be learned. You had to learn how to introduce your essay, develop the points and then conclude your argument when writing 8 mark answers.

Essay writing at higher takes you a stage further in your development as rational, discursive and deliberating beings and again you will have to learn how to write Higher Essays skilfully.

However, some words of warning! Your development of these “higher” skills will not come naturally, neither will they come from listening attentively to your teacher or copying your friends essays (it does happen and these people are invariably caught). Your development of these essay writing skills will be down to hard work, reading and practice. Simple.

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