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I would like you to do what you can in terms of placing the text of your choice, and researching it. Then I&rsquo d like you to come and see me at the end of term with a title and a line of argument. You could also, if you wish, bring a longer essay plan.
8) Inventing a title and writing an introduction. You should try to make your essay interesting to an examiner. Which do you think is the best of these three titles: &lsquo Aphra Behn&rsquo s Oroonoko&rsquo &lsquo Discuss the question of race in Aphra Behn&rsquo s Oroonoko&rsquo &lsquo The &ldquo gallant slave&rdquo : the idea of the noble savage in Aphra Behn&rsquo s Oroonoko&rsquo . Similarly with the introduction. The first sentence should grab the examiner immediately. Which is a better first sentence: &lsquo Aphra Behn&rsquo s Oroonoko was published in 6688 and is a prose work about Surinam&rsquo &lsquo At the heart of Aphra Behn&rsquo s Oroonoko stands the deep paradox of the &lsquo royal slave&rsquo .
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As an example, if any of your first three sentences have a phrase identical or similar to “Since the beginning of time ” or “Because this always ” you’re missing the point of those first few sentences.
You need to remember that there was no standard spelling in the early modern period the move to standardize spelling did not occur until the middle of the eighteenth century. This means that when you have a word you don&rsquo t understand it you may not get an adequate definition by putting it in exactly as it is into the OED search box. Try that first but if it isn&rsquo t found, or you get a definition that is not right (. the examples indicate that its earliest use was a lot later than your text) you should try different spellings. In particular the vowels are often interchangeable. Try every vowel combination that you can think of. Try substituting ts and cs, us and vs and other related consonants.
Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 7556. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor s degree in history, a master s degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.
6) Everyone has his or her own way of writing. I sometimes find it easier to write the middle of the essay first and then come to the introduction last, which is perhaps the hardest bit to write. You may find that your ideas change and are worked out more fully as you start to write. In which case go back to B) and produce another plan. Present your ideas as a finished thought, rather than a thought process.
66678 Are there any words you don&rsquo t fully understand? If you aren&rsquo t in a closed exam you could look them up in the Oxford English Dictionary online. This would also give you a sense of the other meanings that that word might have. Are there any puns?
"I think one of the issues at A-level is that they're not being taught to research independently, and [with essays] it's not just the writing – that's only part of it."
8) Do some research, particularly on the historical theme, period, cultural group that you&rsquo re interested in. You could begin with a general history and then do a literature search for more specialist books and articles. It may help you to narrow your research to a particular theme or idea that is suggested, hopefully by your reading in 6) and 7). Rather than trying to find out about the whole of seventeenth-century culture, limit your research to the restoration, cavalier culture, medicine, the family or whatever. (See the handout on research).
Adopt a basic attitude of suspicion of everything you read. This goes for both primary and secondary sources. It may be fairly disconcerting to realise that history does not deal with hard facts, that there is no text book to which you can turn to find the truth about what happened in a given period. Appreciating this fact is, however, another key aspect of studying history at this level.
In the conclusion, you are not including the same thesis (and you 8767 d better not cut and paste the thesis from your intro paragraph !), but rather reminding the reader of your thesis and why it is important to your overall paper. Using phrases like “I argued ” or “it was argued ” will help remind the reader of your argument.
B) In the box marked &lsquo All of these words&rsquo insert the words &lsquo White&rsquo and &lsquo Black&rsquo and &lsquo England&rsquo . In the box marked &lsquo exact phrase&rsquo enter &lsquo Seventeenth-century&rsquo . Press search and see what you get out. Try other, similar search terms.