Here's a suggested structure for addressing Paper 1 Section 1 short-answer questions I've prepared for my students. It breaks down each sentence in the response into one specific and manageable job. Hope it's of use:

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Short Answers Questions – How to structure a response:

2 marks:

  1. Make a general statement (topic sentence) in relation to the question – engage with the concept and use rubric bullet-points
  2. iTEEL – Idea 1 + Technique/Evidence/Evaluation of effect/Link back to general statement

  3. iTEEL – Idea 2 +Technique/Evidence/Evaluation of effect/Link back to general statement

  4. Brief concluding statement

3 marks:

Same as 2 marks, but ONE more point with ONE more iTEEL

5 marks:

Paragraph 1 – Introduction:

  1. Thesis statement about the concept – in relation to the question
  2. Identify 2-3 main points (preferably 2 points)
  3. Identify the texts

Paragraph 2 – Body

  1. Topic Sentence – Main Point 1 + Text = Topic Sentence

  2. Elaborate upon how this point applies to the text – use rubric key terms (Idea)

  3. TEEL x 1 per Main point

Paragraph 3 – Body

  1. Same as above – Main Point 2 (SAME TEXT)

Paragraph 4 – Body

  1. Same as above – Main Point 1 – related text

Paragraph 5 – Body

  1. Same as above – Main Point 2 – related text

Paragraph 6 – Conclusion

  1. Final statement - Re-visit the key words from the question

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