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History: HISTORY Essay Writing


History Essays

The biggest assessment task you will be required to complete is a written research essay which develops an argument and uses a range of sources. All types of assessment tasks will need you to use essay-writing skills in some form, but their fundamental structure and purpose remains the same. Therefore, learning how to write essays well is central to achieving high marks in History.

A History essay is a structured argument that provides historical evidence to substantiate its points. 

To achieve the correct structure for your argument, it is crucial to understand the separate parts that make up a written essay. If you understand how each part works and fits into the overall essay, you are well on the way to creating a great assessment piece.

Most essays will require you to write:

  • 1 Introduction Paragraph
  • 3 Body Paragraphs
  • 1 Concluding Paragraph

Explanations for how to structure and write each of these paragraphs can be found below, along with examples of each:

background research.


Topic sentence

evidence from sources

analysis and evaluation

Accessed online 29 Feb 2016


Multi-Modal Presentations

Multi-modal presentations are typically audio-visual presentations that present the results of your historical research. As a result, you need to undertake the research process and create an argument, very similar to that used in written history essays.

 However, the unique format of this category allows you to use a variety of modes to present your information: either spoken, visual, video, performance, group discussion, etc.

 Possible formats include:

  •   dramatic presentation followed by an out-of-role explanation
  • visual performance, such as dance, artwork, etc.

  • video presentation

  • computer simulation or website creation

  • seminar presentation, such as a university lecture

  • formal speech

 The most important element of this kind of assessment is that it is informative, based upon research and is engaging for the audience.

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