Question 1 - Inference
This question is about making inferences from one source.
Spend about 9 MINUTES
Make atleast 2 inferences - use evidence from the source to back up your points
In this question don't forget to make your inferences clear - say:
"From... I can infer that..."
- What is the source suggesting?
- What is the source's attitude/tone? Is it happy? Sarcastic? Supportive?
- What evidence supports this?
To achieve highest level (4-6 marks):
"Makes atleast two inferences that are supported with evidence from the source"
Question 2 - Analysis
This question will be about the source itself and not the topic.
Spend around 12 MINUTES
- What did the author want to achieve?
- How does the source accomplish..?
- How does the author get his message across?
The answering of this question requires two things:
Awareness that the sources were created with a purpose
Analysis of the details of the source
You need to find out: Origin, Nature and Purpose of the source
To achieve highest level (6-8 marks):
"An analysis of the details/content of the source is used to explain the message/purpose."
Question 3 - Multi Sources
In this question you must cross reference three sources.
You must use this to make a comparison, how they contrast, conflict and agree.
Spend around 15 MINUTES
Your answer should be composed in paragraphs as follows:
- How far do the sources agree?
- How far do they differ?
- Small final judgement/conclusion.
You must also consider the reliability, or the provenance of the sources.
How does the credibility of the sources affect their judgement?
To achieve highest level (7-10):
"Cross reference the sources using the content, to assess, support and challenge, and therefore the extent of support."
Question 4 - Most useful/valuable source
In this question you must assess the credibility of two sources.
Spend around 15 MINUTES
- How useful is the source? How well can it contribute to the historian's understanding of the question?
- How valuable is the source? What does the source show about a certain topic? Does it capture the attitude of the time?
Your answer should be constructed as:
- Positive parts about the both sources
- Negative parts about both sources
- Conclusion - Which one is the most useful? Why?
To achieve highest level (7-10 marks):
"Judgement based on usefulness of the information contained in the sources and the nature and purpose of these sources."
Question 5 - The big cheese
- you WILL need to use your own knowledge
- you WILL need to use sources to back you up
- you CAN use other sources to back you up
Spend around 25 MINUTES
Construct answer as:
- How you agree: -- Information from yourself, backed up by sources.
-- Information from sources, with evidence
- How you disagree: -- Information from yourself, backed up by sources. -- Information from sources, with evidence.
- The Final Conclusion -- Your opinion
Don't forget to include provenance/reliability of sources
High level answer: "Evidence for and against explored. Own knowledge and source evidence precisely selected. Credibility of source explored."