One of the hardest aspects of the GCSE-ALevel transition is breaking down those established essay structures that students have used every day for 2+ years.
This is particularly difficult when going from a very universal GCSE History structure to A-Level Politics. Essays based organising arguments and evaluating them ensure students naturally revert back to their Introduction, PEEL x4, Conclusion safety.
Questions are posed to students, but they only have 4 paragraphs to answer them. Students get 4 minutes to complete their box with examples.
This box strategy could easily be adapted for longer questions. I’ll keep you posted when I get to my 45 markers!!