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A2 Edexcel History Coursework Examples Of Simile

1. Stick to your word limit, its 2000 words for a reason. Also you do not want to be penalised for writing too much.

2. In your introduction really focus on the historic event you are assessing, make explicit reference to it, supporting with statistics or relevant historic policies.

3. Clearly concentrate on your coursework question, make clear in your introduction what the different interpretation`s views of this question are. Which ones you think are the most credible and why, support with historical evidence. Then make your judgment.

4. Remember at the end of the day your coursework is indeed similar to an AS History source exam. So structure it and think of it as an essay.

5. Some schools may have given you a structure for how to tackle the sources. If they have use it, it will assist the flow and structure of your essay. If they have not given you a structure, familiarize yourself with each of the interpretations. Additionally you might find it useful to start with the interpretations which support the question.

6. In your planning stages ensure you include all of the relevant quotes from whichever of the interpretations you are examining. You might find it useful to create a table for this.

7. Then you want to briefly examine or explain this quote in your own words and demonstrate how this supports the historian`s interpretation or view. Again you could include this in the table in a new column.

8. Next still using your table justify and support your analysis so far with relevant historical evidence to support the interpretation. This could be another column in your table.

9. Ensure you frequently refer to and demonstrate with quotes, explanation/analysis or historic evidence the historian`s credibility, persuasiveness or demonstrate the strength of their argument. Again use the terms "credibility", "credible argument", "credible", "supported" etc...

10. Introduce the next interpretation by noting how it is similar to the first. E.g. "Similarly" then follow the same format as before.

11. Then highlight the limitations or weaknesses of these interpretations by explaining what they have omitted or not examined.

12. Next demonstrate how the next interpretation differs from the previous interpretation, then follow the same format for this and your final interpretation.

13. Your conclusion should explain which two sources are the most credible and why, then answer the question

Best wishes with your coursework everyone.

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  1. Hi
    I've just done the first draft of my coursework where you have to find your own sources and use your own knowledge to construct an argument.

    I am doing:
    Did the equal rights legislation passed in 1964 make a difference to the lives of Black Americans in the period 1964-98?
    I am just unsure as to how to use the sources; Do you use them as a set like AS sources unit or differently??

    I've integrated my own knowledge in with the sources but haven't used them explicitly as a set. Is that right or wrong??

    If anyone could help me that would be great

    Thanks

  2. I'm not sure what you mean by using them as a set, but I'm doing a very similar bit of work, so hopefully what I say can help. You have to analyse the sources and integrate your own knowledge , which it sounds like you have done. As well as this you should compare some of the sources like you would do on the exam, but obviously only some if the sources will be relevant to each other, so only do it when they are.

    This is only what I did in mine, and since I handed my first craft in less than an hour ago, it's entirely possible that I'm wrong about how to approach it an just haven't found out yet. Maybe check the AOs and ask your teacher etc, just to make sure I'm not stalk ng rubbish!

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  3. I've done the A2 Edexcel coursework because I was entered for January. I ended up with full marks, 80/80 which I am really chuffed about! We did something different though, the topic was Britain's Empire and its African colonies and we chose our own questions and sources.

    With the sources question it's a bit different to AS in the sense that not much of your own knowledge is actually needed and they care less about it. Definitely do include your own knowledge to support your argument and state facts where relevant as it demonstrates that you know what you're talking about. So I'd say what you're doing at the moment is correct, just don't overdo it.

    What they're mainly looking for though, is how you can take a source and really pick it apart by analyzing it in great depth. For example comparing it to other sources to add weight to your argument is a really good way to do this. Also really look at who is talking, where they were at the time of the event and why they'd be saying what they are saying and in what manner. For example I found peoples' jobs were useful as it can explain the way they saw and talked about the event.

    Evaluation of the sources is also key to this question so make sure your essay is balanced but also has a strong argument leaning either way. I was told for a high grade it's important that your own voice and opinion comes through to show that you've really engaged with what you've been asked and you fully understand it.

    (Original post by Holly Berry)
    Hi
    I've just done the first draft of my coursework where you have to find your own sources and use your own knowledge to construct an argument.

    I am doing:
    Did the equal rights legislation passed in 1964 make a difference to the lives of Black Americans in the period 1964-98?
    I am just unsure as to how to use the sources; Do you use them as a set like AS sources unit or differently??

    I've integrated my own knowledge in with the sources but haven't used them explicitly as a set. Is that right or wrong??

    If anyone could help me that would be great

    Thanks