Essay brainstorm

Use this document to plan what you should include in your essay. It's important to do this before you start writing, to help you form a plan and stop you from including irrelevant content.

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Essay brainstorm: Teachers' notes
Rationale Getting started on an essay or long piece of writing can feel scary. This form
helps you break the task down by identifying the sorts of features that might be
useful to include in your answer.
How to use Use this to plan what you should include in your essay. It's important to do this
before you start writing, to give help you form a plan and to stop you from
including irrelevant content.
Example
Title or question
To what extent would you agree that London is the world's greatest city?
Below is a list of features that might be included in an essay. However, not all of them will be
relevant to every essay. Circle the features that you think should be included in this essay. As you
circle the features think about them in more detail. What exactly would you include?
Diagrams Case studies Examples Conclusion Theories
Calculations Names of places Introduction Answer to the Arguments in
or people question favour
Experiments Arguments Description Summaries Evaluation
against
Definitions Equations Paragraphs Analysis My opinion
Now brainstorm the content that might go into the essay that is all the things you have covered in
the subject that could be relevant. Use the items circled to give you hints.
Definitely relevant Possibly relevant
What does greatest mean? Description of other cities ­ New
York? Paris?
Tourism and popularity
Geography of London
Cultural influence
Economic importance
Problems of London ­ pollution, poverty?

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Essay brainstorm
Name ...............................................................................................................................................
Title or question
Below is a list of features that might be included in an essay. However, not all of them will be
relevant to every essay.
Circle the features that you think should be included in this essay. As you circle the features think
about them in more detail.…read more

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