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ES4 - Putting information into context

How do we answer these questions?

These questions appear can appear in either Unit 2 or Unit 3. These questions are designed to show your understanding and knowledge of a particular event, development or issue. You will be given information relating to something you have studied. You are asked to show how fully the information in the sources describes the event. Basically, you have to do 3 things.

  1. As always, answer the question. Remember, the sources are not going to describe the event fully (or the question is bunk!). If you don’t address the question you will lose a mark at Credit level.

    Examples:

    "Sources A and B describe some of the effects of WW1 on German Civillians." or "Sources A and B describe the effect of WW1 on German civilians to an extent."

  2. Pick out information from the sources that describes the event, development or issue.

    Example:

    "Source A shows the effect of WW1 on German civilians as it tells us that public parks were dug up to plant food. Source B shows the effect of WW1 on German civilians as it states that substitute foods were introduced into the diet of the population."

  3. Use your own knowledge to describe the event, development or issue.

    Example:

    A war cemetery.

    "From my own knowledge I know that German civilians were affected during WW1 through the loss of their loved ones in the fighting on the fronts."

It really is that simple!

Remember to look at how many marks are offered for the question. 5 mark questions require one of the following combinations to score full marks:

  • 4 points from the sources and 1 from your own knowledge
  • 3 points from the sources and 2 from your own knowledge
  • 2 points from the sources and 3 from your own knowledge
  • 1 points from the sources and 4 from your own knowledge

4 mark questions require one of the following combinations to score full marks:

  • 3 points from the sources and 1 from your own knowledge
  • 2 points from the sources and 2 from your own knowledge
  • 1 points from the sources and 3 from your own knowledge

You must use the sources and your own knoweldge to answer the question. Luckily, the lovely people at the SQA help you out by writing these instructions in bold for you:

"You must use evidence from the sources and from your own knowledge and give reasons for your answer."

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