Essay Writing Technique - English Language and also English Literature

Writing essays in English can be really difficult, so here are a few tips to help everyone write good paragraphs. I am doing the Edexcel papers for english language and literature, but I assume it is similar across all boards. Hope this helps you to write your essays! Please rate and comment on how to improve, or maybe comment with other methods of writing you have which may help us?? :)

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  • Created by: I P B
  • Created on: 17-12-09 20:21


Point = make a clear statement on what the paragraph will be about

Evidence = insert a quote as evidence to back up your point

Explanation = explain your point further

Link = end your paragraph by linking back to the question and the Point of your paragraph

This is a basic method of structuring a good paragraph

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Additional Features

To acheive a high A/A*, you should aim to include the following features too:

Context = referring to important events during the writing/setting of the book/poem/play

Alternative Interpretations = a different way of interpreting the quote chosen

Alternative readers feelings = a different feeling (usually opposite to the first one you have chosen) that readers may feel

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Additional Features Continued...

Alternative writers intention/purpose = a different reason why the writer may have written this book/poem/play

Explosion of quotes = analysing each word of the quote used to later express its meaning as a whole

To find an example of how to apply these different features, look at the powerpoint in my resources titled Essay Writing Techniques - English. You will find towards the end A* paragraphs colour coded for guidance.

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My tips are:

  • learn the features WELL so you can quickly write them on a piece of paper at the beginning of the exam
  • keep a tally of the features you use to make sure you include them all in every paragraph
  • research information about the context before the exam to give you extra marks
  • practise using these features in other paragrahs so you find the best technique for YOU
  • look at the examples in the "Writing Essay Techniques - English" powerpoint in IPB's resources for guidance
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Very helpfull!!


Very helpful indeed.


We always use PEE. but never thought of adding the L.. good point there




very helpful, my class usually uses PEAL(point,evidence,analyse and link back to the question) but still the sam principal.


thank you 


This helped a ****** like me soooo much! Thank you :D

Saigo Takormori

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Holly K


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