Skills Week

Skills Week

Skills Week Paper 1 PAPER 1: QUESTIONS AND EXAM TECHNIQUE Paper 1 is worth 3O% (SL).

Because you know the structure and type of questions you will be asked, it is a great paper for you to score valuable marks on! Structure: Qustion 1a :Historical Comprehension

Question 1a: [3 marks] = 5 minutes This question is testing you on your reading comprehension and requires you to write about the message of the source i.e. what the source is telling you. It is worth 3 marks so you should aim to have at least 3 main

points, 4 if you have time. Dont spend much more than 5 minutes on this question. You should paraphrase parts of the text. You can include short sections of quotations but dont include large chunks from the text because it takes time and doesnt show the examiner what

you understand from the sources. Structure Question 1a Tips for phrasing answers: The first point the source is making/the first reason given by the source The second is The third is

Questions1B: Historical Comprehension [2 marks] = 5 minutes This question also requires you to show your historical understanding but of an image or a cartoon.

It is worth 2 marks and so you should aim for 2 separate points about the message of the cartoon. Use evidence from the cartoon to support each of your points Make sure you have a clear understanding of the cartoon

before you start to write your answer, otherwise you will chew up valuable time! Question 1B Historical Comprehension Tips for phrasing answers:

The message conveyed by the cartoon is that and this is supported by The second message conveyed by the source is because the source shows Question 2: Compare and Contrast [6 marks] = max. 12-14 minutes

Question 2 requires you to compare and contrast the content of the sources. You should not include the origin or purpose of the source in your analysis; this comes later in qn. 3. make sure you compare and contrast the sources using the criteria/specific factors outlined in the question e.g.

Compare and contrast sources A and D in terms of. Question 2 : Compare and Contrast Compare = similarities = 1st paragraph, 1-2 points Contrast = differences = 2nd paragraph, 1-2 points Make sure you have a running commentary of both sources

in relation to one another. You should NOT address the sources separately. A good way to approach this is: if you are writing about a point that one source is making (content) you should then analyse directly afterwards how the second source makes

either a similar or different point. Read the sources carefully and underline key quotes you will use (or parts of the quote you will use) Tips for phrasing the answer:

Paragraph 1 (Compare): Both Source A and D agree that .. Source A states that and Source D states that . Both sources agree that because Source A says quote and Source D says that . (use transitional or connective phrases such as: likewise;

similarly; both etc.) Paragraph 2 (Contrast): The sources contrast by . While Source D says ., Source A says . (use transitional or connective phrases to show difference such as: however; in contrast, whereas, this fact is

ignored in source etc.) Question 3: Evaluating Sources:OPVL [6 marks] = 12-14 minutes In this question you will analyse the: O (Origin)

P (Purpose) (Limitations) of 2-3 sources! V (Value)

L Question 3: Evaluating Sources:OPVL Address the OPVL of each source separately in different paragraphs The origin of the source will be at the top in italics

Be specific: avoid general statements about purpose, value and limitations of the type of source and instead discuss the specific value and limitations of the source you have been given Unlike question 1 you shouldnt comment on the content

of the source, however, read the source carefully for any emotive or persuasive language that will help you to write about its purpose Question 3: Evaluating Sources:OPVL How to structure your paragraphs: The origin of Source C is (what, who, when, where) The

purpose of the source is (why it was made; use words such as: to persuade, inform, influence etc.). The source is valuable as it (origin) The source is also valuable because it shows (purpose). The limitations of the source are (origin). The source is also limited because (purpose).

Question 4 Mini Essay [8 marks] = 20ish minutes Refer to all of the sources in your response, plus your own

detailed knowledge- you need to do both of these in this mini-essay otherwise you will be deducted significant marks You must answer the question just like you would in a normal essay Use the sources as evidence to support your points

Mini Essay Before starting question 4: Reread the sources; Plan your response; Work out your thesis or line of argument No need for an intro, especially if you are running out of

time! Just get straight into your 1st paragraph (oh yeah, use paragraphs!) Make sure you show balance in your arguments, especially if the sources offer varied opinions; show the examiners that you are aware of different interpretations of the topic

TIPS for Time Management Once you know the structure of Paper 1 and have practiced over and over (and over again) with various sources, you should make sure you are keeping to the suggested time limits for each question. Time yourself on

each type of question; know the structure; have key phrases you know to use If you are running out of time, dot point your answers

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