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History essay need not be especially creative in its approach and comprehension, but it is required to be the outcome of the student’s own conversation with the study subject. Therefore, history essays which do not respond the question can solely be considered as displaying some knowledge of the subject without of its real understanding. 1. Establish what you are being asked to argue about: Because an essay calls for an argument, you need to read the question carefully to determine what you are being asked, and what responses you can make - supporting, rejecting or offering qualified (dis) agreement. 2. Read for the essay in order to collect evidence: Read any primary sources that may be set in class several times. You may also find it useful to read what other people have thought about the subject, but this should never be a substitute for your own thoughts. Formulate these, at least in outline, before you read the secondary sources, or you may find yourself simply parroting the opinions of others. You are being asked for your point of view, your analysis of the topic. 3. Formulate your own position, and muster your evidence: From your reading, you should now be ready to decide what you will argue. 4. Outline the essay structure: Prepare an outline. In making notes about what you will say in your essay, keep in mind that: the purpose of the Introduction is to state the position you will be taking and to tell the reader how you will address the subject; the purpose of the Body of the essay is to present the pieces of evidence that support your essay, and to deal with any evidence to the contrary; In writing the Conclusion of the essay it is usual to summaries the evidence presented and to restate your argument, confident that you have now provided adequate evidence to justify your position. 5. Write a first draft: Writing drafts helps you to

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