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  1. I'm really struggling on the coursework unit, especially since I haven't really been given much guidance on it. Does anyone have any advice on essay structure and how many sources are needed?

  2. Hello I've moved this thread to history study help for you.
  3. Some more info would be good. what is the question you're going to be doing and what 100 year context do you focus on?

    The idea is that you discuss the 100 year context in detail and have a line of argument throughout that might relate to one particular figure within your 100 years and/or a historical concept like change or continuity. an example being assessing the extent to which the condition of the Russian peasant improved over the period 1850–1950. theres a lot to talk about.

    integrate (at least) 3 primary sources into your argument to support it and analyse the VALUE of these with reference to the provenance, content and tone of the source. you're also meant to have 3 sources with 2 of them being of different types. this is AO2: Analyse and evaluate appropriate source material, primary and/or contemporary to the period, within the historical context. You're expected to comment on the differing perspectives of the sources chosen as well as the social, political, intellectual, religious and/or economic contexts in which the sources were written. the credibility, authority, authenticity, consistency and comprehensiveness of the sources is to be integrated and also the bias, distortion or propagandist elements found in the sources. I think you're meant to write 500 words on analysing your primary sources.

    you're also meant to analyse the interpretations of two historians either throughout your essay or on one particular event in relation to your 100 year context, AO3. you're meant to analyse the interpretation itself in regards to WHEN it was published and how that might affect the view of a historian but also the historian and their credibility, what kind of work they've published in regards to your chosen line of focus and they also need to be academic historians. you're also meant to evaluate the interpretations of the two historians (AO3) and come to your own substantiated judgement and conclusion (AO1).

    here's what AQA says about the structure of your entire essay:
    "The Historical Investigation must be written with the qualities of all three objectives integrated within the body of the work. For example, students will analyse, evaluate and reach judgements about the question chosen (AO1) and within this analysis and evaluation, appraise the views of historians (AO3) and analyse and evaluate primary source material and the extent to which it is useful in supporting arguments or conclusions (AO2)."

    This unit is hard in that you really do need to research your 100 year context thoroughly AND find ACADEMIC historians whose interpretations relate to your period to discuss and evaluate, primary sources too however it is also quite interesting if you're doing a topic you enjoy.

    hope this helped, more on the aqa website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/histo...t-a-level-only
    (Original post by stargirl98)
    I'm really struggling on the coursework unit, especially since I haven't really been given much guidance on it. Does anyone have any advice on essay structure and how many sources are needed?

1. Stick to your word limit, its 2000 words for a reason. Also you do not want to be penalised for writing too much.

2. In your introduction really focus on the historic event you are assessing, make explicit reference to it, supporting with statistics or relevant historic policies.

3. Clearly concentrate on your coursework question, make clear in your introduction what the different interpretation`s views of this question are. Which ones you think are the most credible and why, support with historical evidence. Then make your judgment.

4. Remember at the end of the day your coursework is indeed similar to an AS History source exam. So structure it and think of it as an essay.

5. Some schools may have given you a structure for how to tackle the sources. If they have use it, it will assist the flow and structure of your essay. If they have not given you a structure, familiarize yourself with each of the interpretations. Additionally you might find it useful to start with the interpretations which support the question.

6. In your planning stages ensure you include all of the relevant quotes from whichever of the interpretations you are examining. You might find it useful to create a table for this.

7. Then you want to briefly examine or explain this quote in your own words and demonstrate how this supports the historian`s interpretation or view. Again you could include this in the table in a new column.

8. Next still using your table justify and support your analysis so far with relevant historical evidence to support the interpretation. This could be another column in your table.

9. Ensure you frequently refer to and demonstrate with quotes, explanation/analysis or historic evidence the historian`s credibility, persuasiveness or demonstrate the strength of their argument. Again use the terms "credibility", "credible argument", "credible", "supported" etc...

10. Introduce the next interpretation by noting how it is similar to the first. E.g. "Similarly" then follow the same format as before.

11. Then highlight the limitations or weaknesses of these interpretations by explaining what they have omitted or not examined.

12. Next demonstrate how the next interpretation differs from the previous interpretation, then follow the same format for this and your final interpretation.

13. Your conclusion should explain which two sources are the most credible and why, then answer the question

Best wishes with your coursework everyone.

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