Structure Of An Essay Gcse

Hi there!

Is this the paper with the anthology, if it is, I hope you find this helpful:

I kept to the structure of:
Content: What the poem is about
Language: Words and/or phrases that stick out and their effect on the audience
Attitude: The values so - love/death/power/relationship (it can be more than one)
Structure: How is the poem set out ie. free verse, a sonnet etc.
Self: How is the poem supposed to affect the reader.

For example (using the River God as an example). The 'C' would be: the poem is about a river that 'enjoys' the lives of 'beautiful' ladies..... 'L' The poem uses words that are about power.... etc

So that should be 5 paragraphs - they don't have to be too long. That method can also be used for the unseen poem too. And you can remember it as 'CLASS'.
I never wrote an introduction or conclusion for English essays, on poetry, so I wouldn't know how to word it - sorry...
As for the similarities and differences chose one of each (if possible) and go into detail of the chosen similarities or differences. If you can only find one similarity and/or difference just write about that.

As for revising go through all of the poems and write out the CLASS structure and fill it out, so you have some revision notes. And do mock questions. If you go onto the AQA website you should be able to find pass papers and mark schemes (so you know what boundaries you're in and how to improve.

I hope this makes sense, and is of use to you.
And good luck in your exam! And sorry for it being really long.

When writing any essay, you must always include an introduction, a main body of text, and a conclusion.  It's like a sandwich, with the good meaty stuff right in the middle.


The introduction, in any essay, needs to directly address the question and outline the key points that you will be focussing on in your essay.  These should be the main points that you will be exploring in the main body of your essay.


The main body of the essay should be comprised of a few chunks (separate paragraphs), and it would be easiest to arrange these by doing a point per paragraph.  There is no set way to know how many paragraphs your essay should be, but if you stick to a point per paragraph, then this keeps your essay nicely organised and concise.


For each of your main paragraphs, I find it most helpful to use the PEE technique.  However, I was once taught by a very good teacher to elaborate even further on this method, and actually PEEEE (Point, Example, Explain, Explore, Evaluate).  The PEE method is the basic layout for this, but once you have covered your explanation, to earn the top marks it is best to explore this idea in further ways, and then sum up each individual argument.


The conclusion needs to sum up the points you've already made and really emphasise your ARGUMENT.  You should never introduce new points to your conclusion, because this makes it look like you have not really planned the essay!

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