GCSE Coursework – The Crucible

John Proctor is a good man, but a victim of his own decisions.” To what extent is this true, and why has Arthur Miller chosen him as his protagonist?”

Your coursework should be in the region of 3-4 typed sides, at Times New Roman 12. I expect a good plan to accompany this, and you will have Friday’s lesson, the weekend and Monday’s lesson to complete the work, to be submitted by midnight on Monday over the VLE.

I’m afraid that, as this is coursework, I can’t give specific written advice on how to complete the task. I would ask you to bear the following things in mind, however. Click through for more info.

I have chosen a question which allows you to gain good marks simply by paying attention to all the elements in the question, and answering them well. We went through in class how you can choose parts of the question to talk about character, structure, different readings, and historical context. Take a look at your assessment criteria, and ensure that you have at least covered each of the things on it at some point in your essay.

Secondly, some general advice on writing essays.

Firstly – Use the P.E.E.L structure for your paragraphs.

I can’t overemphasise how important this is, in terms of giving structure to your essay. You can find this on the Blog, so I’m not going to repeat it here, but if you follow this format, you will be producing a nicely structured argument. Do it.

Secondly – Structure the entire essay well.

Yes, this means making a plan. I have linked to an entire web page on how to do this, so please take the time to read it through. The main points can be summarized as follows:

  • state, in a brief and highly condensed manner, your ‘answer’ to the essay question or title
  • give – very briefly – the reasons why you believe this
  • just as briefly, state in a general way how you intend to show your view is sound
  • create an argument to support your case through a series of separate points (one point per paragraph)
  • support each point by a quotation or other close textual reference
  • discuss relevant aspects of each quotation used, e.g. its effects, methodology and relevance (both local at the point in the text it occurs and general – its contribution to the whole text).

Alright chaps. Off you go. Good luck.


~ by mrprestney on March 27, 2009.

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