Make sure you record this on your Higher Feedback sheets and your PLPs:
Based on your critical essays on ‘My Rival’s House’ and ‘View of Scotland/Love Poem’
- Introductions and conclusions are important – leave an impression. Show off. Summarise your points. Be sophisticated.
- PEE Structure – topic sentences.
- Analysis – don’t make generalisations. Be specific. What are the connotations of the language, and what is the writer using them to try and say.
- Be clear about the point your essay is trying to make.
- Refer to the question throughout.
- Technical accuracy is not optional – spelling, punctuation, phrasing, etc. are essential. Ignore these & your essay will fail automatically.
- Self-editing – correct as you go. The marker won’t.
- Refer to the writer by their surname after the introduction.
- Formal language – no abbreviations (didn’t, wouldn’t), no figures of speech (this drums in).
- Evaluative language – this is effective because; Lochhead successfully uses, etc.