GCSE History Paper 2 Guidance

A useful and detailed guidance booklet on how to answer every question in the history exam paper 2.

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History GCSE Paper 2
The following are the types of question you will come
across in the source based paper 2
What is the MESSAGE of?
How are these sources SIMILAR/DIFFERENT?
How USEFUL is this source?
HOW FAR does this source PROVE
WHY was this source published?
How far do you TRUST the source?
Do you find this source SURPRISING
How far do the sources SUPPORT the
STATEMENT
There is a formula to success for each style of
question!
The questions stay the same each year ­ you can
learn how to answer the question!

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How are these sources SIMILAR/
DIFFERENT?
Level 1 Describes the sources rather than identifies valid similarity/difference.
12
Level 2 Identifies valid similarity/difference unsupported by detail from sources. 2
3
OR
Details of the sources are matched/contrasted, but no/invalid similarity/difference is
pointed out.
Level 3 Identifies valid similarity/difference supported by detail from the sources.
34
Level 4 Valid explanation of similarity and/or difference of attitudes by reference
to tone/language/purpose supported by detail from the sources.…read more

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Do you trust Source X more than
Source Y about .....?
Use details of the sources and your knowledge to explain your
answer.
Level 1 Comprehension only/general assertion. 12
Level 2 Valid inference/s unsupported by detail from a source. 23
If refers to one source only do not reward at top of level.
OR
Details of the sources are matched/contrasted, but no/invalid
inference is made. 23
.OR Stock Evaluation 23
Level 3 Valid inference/s supported by detail from a source/s.…read more

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How far do the sources in this paper
support this statement?
Use details of the sources and your knowledge to explain your answer.
Remember to identify the sources you use. 12 marks
Level 1 General answers unsupported by detail from the sources. 12
.
Level 2 Onesided answer using relevant contextual knowledge unsupported by detail
from the sources. 23
OR
Uses the sources without addressing the question. 23
OR
Onesided answer based upon reference to the sources.…read more

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