Essay planning

This template divides the process of essay planning into three parts: introduction, main themes and conclusion and advises students about the sorts of material that might be included in each part. 

The form assumes that initial brainstorming has already taken place so students already have an idea of the overall content of the essay. They may need support in understanding and identifying terms like key themes and key debates.

Students could hand in this form as a cover sheet when they submit the essay. 

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Essay planning: Teachers' notes
Rationale Many longer pieces of writing are hampered by lack of planning. Students simply
write points down as they come to mind. This approach will certainly limit the
marks they can achieve. To gain high marks essays need to be coherent and
well organised. This template divides the process of essay planning into three
parts: introduction, main themes and conclusion and advises students about the
sorts of material that might be included in each part.
How to use The form assumes that initial brainstorming has already taken place so students
already have an idea of the overall content of the essay. They may need support
in understanding and identifying terms like key themes and key debates.
Students could hand in this form as a cover sheet when they submit the essay.
Example
Title or question
To what extent would you agree that London is the world's greatest city?
Essays should start with an introduction. Typically this will explain the key terms and debates that
the essay will cover. Identify key terms and debates in the box below.
Introduction
Greatest ­ what exactly does this mean? Size? History? Culture? Wealth? Popularity? Mixture?
Debates ­ the arguments that it is the greatest and the arguments that it isn't ­ its problems and
the claims of other cities
Now try to identify between three and six main themes of the essay.
Main themes
The claims of other cities to be the greatest
Arguments that it is the greatest city
Arguments that it isn't
Next, put these themes in the order you think most suitable for this title.
1. Arguments that it is the greatest city
2. Arguments that it isn't
3. The claims of other cities to be the greatest
Each of these themes may take up one paragraph of the essay.
Essays usually end with a conclusion which sums up the main arguments and answers the
question set. Looking back at the question, place your overall answer to it in the box below.
Conclusion: answer to question/title
It is a great city in many ways but so are others such as Paris and New York and Peking. It is
impossible to say which is actually `greatest' and pointless really

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Essay planning
Name ...............................................................................................................................................
Title or question
Essays should start with an introduction. Typically this will explain the key terms and debates that
the essay will cover. Identify key terms and debates in the box below.
Introduction
Now try to identify between three and six main themes of the essay.
Main themes
Next, put these themes in the order you think most suitable for this title.
1. .....................................................................................................................................................
2. .....................................................................................................................................................
3. .....................................................................................................................................................
4. .....................................................................................................................................................
5. .....................................................................................................................................................
6. .....................................................................................................................................................…read more

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