Some people may prefer to write their thesis first as we have done here, or some may choose to begin writing their introduction paragraph and then figure out the thesis as they get there. The following outline is intended as to provide one example of how to write an essay.
Some people may prefer to write their thesis first as we have done here, or some may choose to begin writing their introduction paragraph and then figure out the thesis as they get there. The following outline is intended as to provide one example of how to write an essay.There are, however, limits to the field of possible solutions, since they must fit in with 'the evidence'.
Circling the key words in the question is sometimes a helpful first step in working out exactly what you need to do.
It is useful to note that there is usually a natural way of structuring your answer: that is, a way of organising an answer which follows naturally from the format of the question and which will put the fewest obstacles in the way of the reader: 'Explain' and 'why' questions demand a list of reasons or one big reason; each reason will have to be explained - that is, clarified, expounded, and illustrated.
'What-role-did-X-play-in-Y' questions imply a functionalist approach - that is, they require that you identify the function of some phenomenon, group or institution within some specific system.
Thus, the subject of the question is the 'Y' rather than the 'X' element.
One method of tackling such an essay would be to distinguish five or six areas of similarity and contrast, and to devote a section of the essay to each area - a section in which you would assess the degree of similarity and reach a sub-conclusion.
The conclusion would then require a summation of the various 'sub-conclusions'.
Treat it as food for thought, as providing a set of suggestions some of which you might incorporate into your own method for writing essays.
It is useful to begin by considering why essay-writing has long been the method of choice for assessment in history.
It needs to be stressed that none of these types of question calls for a narrative approach.
You will never be asked to produce a narrative of what happened.