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How to write an essay dealing with causation

How to write an essay dealing with causation

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Advice to GCSE History students on writing coursework essays dealing with causation. This is tailored to the AQA specification
Advice to GCSE History students on writing coursework essays dealing with causation. This is tailored to the AQA specification

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Published by: Doug Belshaw on Mar 17, 2008
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How to write an essaydealing with causation
The basic structure of an essay dealing with causation for AQA History shouldbe:
Introduction
Explain how many factors you believe there to be leadingthe event or action your essay is about. For example, “Ibelieve there to be four main factors in the eventualAmerican withdrawal from Vietnam in 1973.”Higher responses will indicate what your opinion is andpoint towards the conclusion. For example, “I shall arguethat the most important factor in the American withdrawalwas the influence of the US media on public opinion backhome.”
Main body
Go on to explain, in separate paragraphs, how you believe each factor to berelated to the event or action. For example, your first point might be about theUS media, your second about the role of US Army veterans, and so on.You must make sure that you link back to the question throughout.
The aim isnot to ‘tell the story’ but to explain the factors that led to the event or action.
Higher responses will show an appreciation of how several differentfactors linked together to lead to the event or action.
Conclusion
Your conclusion should not come as a surprise to the reader. It should be alogical follow-on from what you have discussed in the main body of your essay. If you have stated in your introduction what your opinion is, you shouldreturn to it here and show how you have provided evidence to back up thisopinion.For example, “It is my belief that the biggest factor in the US finallywithdrawing troops from Vietnam in 1973. I have shown this by…”
 
If you follow these instructions (and you know your stuff!) you should achieveat least a Level 3 grade. Level 4 responses show that you
understand howthe different factors worked together 
to bring about the event or action.
 
How to write an essaydealing with causation
The basic structure of an essay dealing with causation for AQA History shouldbe:
Introduction
Explain how many factors you believe there to be leadingthe event or action your essay is about. For example, “Ibelieve there to be four main factors in the eventualAmerican withdrawal from Vietnam in 1973.”Higher responses will indicate what your opinion is andpoint towards the conclusion. For example, “I shall arguethat the most important factor in the American withdrawalwas the influence of the US media on public opinion backhome.”
Main body
Go on to explain, in separate paragraphs, how you believe each factor to berelated to the event or action. For example, your first point might be about theUS media, your second about the role of US Army veterans, and so on.You must make sure that you link back to the question throughout.
The aim isnot to ‘tell the story’ but to explain the factors that led to the event or action.
Higher responses will show an appreciation of how several differentfactors linked together to lead to the event or action.
Conclusion
Your conclusion should not come as a surprise to the reader. It should be alogical follow-on from what you have discussed in the main body of your essay. If you have stated in your introduction what your opinion is, you shouldreturn to it here and show how you have provided evidence to back up thisopinion.For example, “It is my belief that the biggest factor in the US finallywithdrawing troops from Vietnam in 1973. I have shown this by…”

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