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Margit (Parent) May 15 2016
The easiest and most straightforward structural method for an English Literature essay is to use the P.E.E. (Point/Evidence/Explanation) method throughout the body paragraphs.
This is especially useful when trying to combat the difficult job of inputting quotations and textual analysis whilst trying to maintain a strong writing style and produce a piece of work that reads fluidly.
A body paragraph should always begin with a strong opening sentence, containing a summary of the paragraph so that if the reader were just to skim through they would be able to tell you the main points within your essay - this is the 'point' of the P.E.E.
The 'evidence' portion of the paragraph concerns the quotation(s) which act to back up the point made within your opening sentence. Is it essential to try to input these quotations in a way in which it seems they fit perfectly were you to read the sentence aloud, so doing that may help to achieve this in terms of writing style.
The final portion of your body paragraph should contain the 'explanation' in relation to the first two areas you have already covered. It should be the way in which you use your own thoughts and knowledge to bond your point and the evidence you have to confirm it in a way that links back to your essay title and therefore aids the reaching of a conclusion.
It is also important within any essay to include a strong introduction in which you clearly state your position and argument in relation to your given question/statement and a conclusion which concisely acts to link all the points within your essay and show a thorough understanding of the question/statement given.
Perhaps the key thing to remember when structuring an essay (especially in an exam) is to read and re-read the question, and to ALWAYS make sure you actually answer it!see more
I always find it useful to cover up the actual image/picture initially, and focus first on the caption and what that can tell you about the souce - this also works to make sure the context and provenance are considered in reference to the question.
The next key thing to do is to consider how much the source can tell you about whatever topic you are focussing on - however, it is important here not just to describe the source, but to attempt to make simple inferences on the knowledge that can be drawn from the source. If there are any gaps in the source you should attempt to fill them with your knowledge, not just leave them blank!
The last thing to consider should be the reliability of the source in terms of the question - what is the purpose of the source? This is particularly important in the case of sources such as commissioned paintings/pictures and magazine/journal/newspaper articles as there is a high potential for bias! When assessing the reliability of a source, it is also important to look at the context and work out if there are any contextual mishaps which may affect the conclusions you reach.
As with any kind of analysis, the key element to remember is to ALWAYS link back to the question and ultimately to keep in mind what it is you have been asked to look for, not just to state everything you can see.see more