OCR History- source answer structures

Structures on how to effectively answer source questions and gain the maximum marks avalible. Hope you enjoy, please comment and rate. 

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What is the message of the source?

The message of the source is... (for or against something, what is the author trying to get across?) 

Evidence from the source to support this message is... (quote or description backed up with evidence) 

My own knowledge supports this message because I know... (Use own knowledge to put the source in context, use nature/origin/purpose to identify relevant own knowledge)

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What is the purpose of the source?

The purpose of this source is... (why did someone spend time and money to produce this? what is it trying to get across, for or against something) 

Evidence from the source to support this is... (use quotes or decription and back up with explanation) 

From my own knowledge I know this is the purpose because... (use own knowledge to put the souce in context, use origin/nature/purpose to identify relevant own knowledge)

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Why was source x produced in y?

Source x was produce in y (a date) because... (why did someone bother to produce the source at a specific time, what effect would it have on people at the time?, what was going on at the time?)

Evidence from the source to support this is... (use quotes or description with explantion to back up point) 

From my own knowledge I know... (use nature/origin/purpose, what was happening at the time the source was produced?)

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Does this source prove... ?

The source does/does not prove that .... 

Evidence from the source that supports this is.., (use quotes or descriptions with explanations to back up point) 

My own knowledge supports this because... (use nature/origin/purpose to explain why the source does/does not prove something, put the source in context) 

However this may not be totally correct because... (consider a counter arguement, how it may be seen in a different view i.e if you say it does prove, why might it not prove?) 

In conclusion source x does/does not prove...

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How useful is this source?

This source could be useful because... 

Evidence from the source to support this is... (use quotes or description with an explanation to support point) 

My own knowledge supports this because... (use nature/origin/purpose to suggest why is might be useful, put the source in context) 

Looking at the nature and origin of the source shows that it could be more/less useful because... (for example a police report may be more useful than a propaganda poster) 

So the source could be limited in its use because.. (consider other viewpoints) 

In conclusion the source is very/not that useful because...

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Are you surprised by this source?

I am suprised/not suprised by this source because...

Evidence from the source to support this is... (use quotes or description with explanation to back up point) 

My own knowledge supports this because.., (look at nature/origin/purpose, put the source in context)

However, its nature/origin could suggest why I am suprised/not suprised by this source... (look at other point of view)

In conclusion I am/ am not suprised by this source because...

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Which source is more accurate/useful?

The source that is most accurate/useful is....

Source x says...

Evidence from the source to support this is (quotes or description with explanation to back up point, ONLY FROM SOURCE MENTIONED) 

This is/is not accurate/useful because...

My own knowledge supports this because.. (use nature/origin/purpose to put the source in context) 

The nature/origin of the source makes it more/less useful because...

Source y says...

Evidence from the source to support this is (quotes or description with explanation to back up point, ONLY FROM SOURCE MENTIONED) 

This is/is not accurate/useful because...

My own knowledge supports this because.. (use nature/origin/purpose to put the source in context) 

The nature/origin of the source makes it more/less useful because...

In conclusion the most accurate/useful source is.. because...

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Does source x prove source y wrong?

Source x says...

Evidence from the source to support this is (use quotes or description with expanation to back up point, ONLY USE EVIDENCE FROM SOURCE MENTIONED)

My own knowledge to support this because(use nature/origin/purpose to put the source in context) 

However source y says...

Evidence from the source to support this is (use quotes or description with expanation to back up point, ONLY USE EVIDENCE FROM SOURCE MENTIONED)

My own knowledge to support this because(use nature/origin/purpose to put the source in context) 

This is different to x because....

The nature and origin of the two sources supports the difference because...

In conclusion source x does/does not prove y wrong because...

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How far does source x prove that source y cannot b

Source x says...

Evidence from the source to support this is (use quotes or description with expanation to back up point, ONLY USE EVIDENCE FROM SOURCE MENTIONED)

My own knowledge to support this because(use nature/origin/purpose to put the source in context) 

This can/cannot be trusted because...

However source y says...

Evidence from the source to support this is (use quotes or description with expanation to back up point, ONLY USE EVIDENCE FROM SOURCE MENTIONED)

My own knowledge to support this because(use nature/origin/purpose to put the source in context) 

This can/cannot be trusted because...

This is different to x because....

The nature and origin of the two sources supports the difference because...

In conclusion source x does/does not prove y cannot be trusted because...

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Question 6- How far do the sources in this paper s

Introduction... (give a very brief outline about what you are going to talk about) 

The sources that agree with the statement are xyz... (give 2-3 examples and back up with evidence from the source) 

My own knowledge supports this because... (use nature/origin/purpose to put the sources in context) 

The sources that disagree with the statement are abc....(give 2-3 example and back up with exidence from the source) 

My own knowledge supports this because... (use nature/origin/purpose to put the sources in context) 

In conclusion, the sources do/do not support the statement because...

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Answering source questions hints and tips

  • Read carefully through all of the sources before begining
  • answer the question asked! highlight the key word (e.g message, useful, reliable etc) and use it in your answer. 
  • Avoid irrelevant knowledge- try to put the source in specific context. 
  • Use the nature/origin/purpose(WHEN, WHAT, WHY) to show why a source was produced at a specific time. 
  • If the question refers to two sources you MUST refer to both sources. 
  • Give 2 examples from the source and two pieces of own knowledge for questions with one source, if there are two sources on 1 example and 1 piece of own knowledge is needed from BOTH. 
  • Try to spend 8-10 minutes on 6-7 mark questions, 10-12 minutes on 8-9 mark questions, 15-20 minutes on question 6 (make sure you leave enough time for question 6 it is worth 12 marks!!!) 
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Frank0123

Really helpful, thanks!

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