History Structured Essay Question Format


What is a structured essay question?

A structured essay question seeks for a structured answer from students regarding thetopic that they have been taught. It is called “structured” because students are expected to

“structure” arguments to answer questions with the information that they havelearnt

. This means that SEQ does not merely test on your memory but your ability toformulate arguments based on what you know.

Structured Essay Question Breakdown

(a)Why did…. (4)(b)How did … (4)(c)To what extent/ Do you agree…(7)For your SA, you will be expected to do two SEQs (two sets of a, b and c). You should

not take more than half an hou

r for each set of question. Each question will be basedon

one chapter (not theme)

and every part will cover one civilisation. For example, if  part (a) is about India, (b) will on China and (c) will be on SEA.

Structured Essay Question Answering Format

The guide below serves as a template for answering your SEQs.For the

“Why did” and “How did”

types of question you can use the following format.(Either PEEP or PEEL)

P- Point (Your argument)E- Evidence (Historical evidence to support your argument)E- Elaboration (Show how is the evidence related to the point)P/ L- Point/ Link (Show how point answers the topic in question)

PEEP or PEEL twice to get the highest marks. Start a

new Paragraph

when you PEEP or PEEL the second time. (The person you are peeping will know that you are peeping if you peep for too long/ you can’t peel a banana twice!) Do it a third time only if time permits (just in case one of your points is incorrect).



 Name: ____________________ ( )Class: ________________ 

Essay question words. What are they? What do they mean? How should you answer them? If you've come here in search of answers to these questions, you've come to the right place.

Now, we may be experts in essay writing, but we’re also the first to admit that tackling essay questions can be, well, a bit of a challenge. Essays first require copious amounts of background reading and research so you can include accurate facts in your writing. You then have to figure out how to present those facts in a convincing and systematic argument. No mean feat.

But the silver lining here is that presenting your argument doesn’t have to be stressful. This goes even if you’re a new student without much experience and ability. To write a coherent and well-structured essay, you just have to really understand the requirements of the question. And to understand the requirements of the question, you need to have a good hold on all the different question words. For example, 'justify', 'examine', and 'discuss', to name a few.

Lacking this understanding is a pitfall many students tumble into. But our guide on essay question words below should keep you firmly above on safe, essay-acing ground.

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