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:
Short Answers Questions – How to structure a response:
- Make a general statement (topic sentence) in relation to the question – engage with the concept and use rubric bullet-points
iTEEL – Idea 1 + Technique/Evidence/Evaluation of effect/Link back to general statement
iTEEL – Idea 2 +Technique/Evidence/Evaluation of effect/Link back to general statement
Brief concluding statement
Same as 2 marks, but ONE more point with ONE more iTEEL
Paragraph 1 – Introduction:
- Thesis statement about the concept – in relation to the question
- Identify 2-3 main points (preferably 2 points)
Identify the texts
Paragraph 2 – Body
Topic Sentence – Main Point 1 + Text = Topic Sentence
Elaborate upon how this point applies to the text – use rubric key terms (Idea)
TEEL x 1 per Main point
Paragraph 3 – Body
- Same as above – Main Point 2 (SAME TEXT)
Paragraph 4 – Body
Same as above – Main Point 1 – related text
Paragraph 5 – Body
Same as above – Main Point 2 – related text
Paragraph 6 – Conclusion
Final statement - Re-visit the key words from the question
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- Model responses demonstrating how to answer each different style of question.
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