Finally there is the issue of knowledge & communication. Knowledge will be embedded throughout the units, however it cannot have gone without notice that History is now one of the few subjects requiring extended answers throughout the school system. Unfortunately, the propensity of other subjects to remove a focus from extended writing means that History is now one of the few places where essay writing is actually taught. This model is built from my own experiences of trying to encourage students to write coherently and borrows from many places and discussions with colleagues over the years.
1. Historical knowledge and evidence is used to develop and prove an argument. Historical evidence should be ACCURATE and RELEVANT.
2. All writing needs a clear structure. This means introducing your work, developing ideas in paragraphs and reaching an overall conclusion.
3. All historical essays require some form of argument to develop. This means you need to clearly answer the question set and build a clear line of argument throughout your work.