Essay Writing Guides

Updated: Sep 5, 2019

Being able to contextualise, define and analyse texts, novels, poems and plays then efficiently discuss them with confidence, surety and significancy, is only the first step towards accomplishment.


Students are expected to implement their unearthed findings, through their essay writing. It is their opportunity to translate their thoughts, interpretations and findings in an intelligible and systematic manner. This will include: analysing and discussing the effects of the language and structure used in the text and how the writer has achieved these through his/her techniques; students are to address the reasons as to why the writer has selected to write about a particular issue during a specified era/event, this is where contextualisation is important. Character attributes are to be explored in depth so as to relate their actions and thoughts to the time and events of the novel or play. In short, each student is required to communicate their findings in an adept and cohesive manner.


The writing guides break down each section of the paragraph, making it clear as to what the student is to address and write about, enabling them to order their ideas distinctly.

These writing guides also provide the student with a range of discourse markers, which facilitates them in signposting and connecting their ideas with great clarity; therefore creating a cohesive piece of academic writing.


It is important to identify, with your child, which format they are using at school. There are three main formats:


You may find that your child is using a range of these at school, such as in history and sociology lessons. So, it is important to emphasise that achieving a high standard of writing in English, will benefit your child across many other subjects at school.


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