OCR A LEVEL – Introductions and paragraphs

What to include in an introduction

When writing an introduction you want to avoid waffling. This is usually done when students repeat the question back to the examiner. Instead, you want to demonstrate a clear understanding of the key point of the question and show the examiner that you have a clear plan of how you will approach the debate.

3 simple steps to an introduction:

Define – If there are any key words in the question which will be the focus of discussion you will want to define these. This immediately proves that you understand what you are evaluating later in the essay.

Argument – You should not be afraid to explain which side of the argument you will be defending at the start. This will help you give a good logical coherency to your answer. It will also allow for the critical analysis to come through in a natural fashion.

Scholars – The last part of the introduction is a chance to show planning. By mentioning some of the scholars you will be using throughout the debate, it allows you to prove that you know what your arguments are and how they relate to one another. It also indicates you have a wider knowledge of the course.

What to include in a paragraph

To keep it simple here I recommend sticking with the familiar PEEL paragraph structure.

Point – The main point of the argument

Evidence – The scholar, quote or example you are using to make your point

Explain – The explanation of how the evidence supports your point

Link – A link to the next paragraph or back to the question.

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