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How to Start and Conclude a GCSE English Essay Effectively

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´╗┐Before you start anything, you will need to be able to identify what the question is asking you to do. There will be "trigger" words embedded in the question that should be able to point you in the right direction. They may more apparent such as describe, explain, analyse to name a few. You should also know what each of these trigger words mean. However, it will be a lot more common for questions such as "The Barn and another creates a powerful sense of place and feeling" [this is a real past question] to appear. I know that the question is asking me to compare this poem to another poem that is similar in terms of tone and style. In doing this, I will make comments on and analyse the language of one and compare it to the other. ...read more.


You may also want to use some punctuation marks such as ellipses (...), semi-colons (;), colons (:) or even a dash (-). The use of these throughout can boost your grade, just make sure that you use them correctly and that you're not going over the top. 'The Body' of the essay Use sophisticated vocabulary, grammar and punctuation throughout and make sure that you use them properly. Using a range of words is effective because it can help to express your understanding and if you use the same words over and over again it can sound like you're repeating yourself. You may find yourself using a comma or a full stop that could be replaced with a semi-colon (;). Analyse the language in depth. Make comments and by doing this you can identify techniques (e.g. metaphors, similes, hyperbole, imagery) that the writer uses and discuss the effect that it has: '[..] the sound bite at the start that begins 'perhaps the most generally ....' ...read more.


When it comes to the audience you may want to focus on how certain techniques may appeal to the audience. When it comes to tone, you may want to look at the techniques and language used that helps to determine the way that the author feels towards a certain subject. Refer to the question after you've finished a point and when you are ready to move on to the next paragraph. It is important to refer back to the original question throughout where ever it may be possible. Writing the Conclusion 1For some, the conclusion can be their weakest part of the essay. However, don't feel too bad about it. All you really need to do is summarise all the ideas that you had from 'the body' of the essay. This really isn't about quantity, it's about quality. You just need to once again show your understanding of the text and refer back to the original question ...read more.

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