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Posted by U15258843 (U15258843) on Wednesday, 9th May 2012
for the int 2 critical essay exam
how many PEER/PEAL structures do you have to do in each essay?
or what would you recommend as a reasonable number.
Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Wednesday, 9th May 2012
The PEER/PEAL structure would be used for detailed analysis of points in your texts.
It would be difficult to give a specific number. Say, for example, you decided to include six. This would mean you would have six quotations followed by analysis.
The problem would be, however, that thinking out an essay in this way would probably lead to a series of rather disjointed discussions of selected parts of the text. This would in turn produce an essay which didn't give any overview of the whole text, or show any understanding of what the text in general was about.
A good essay will have BOTH of the following:
(1) A good overview of the whole text (such as themes running through the whole play or novel)
(2) Numerous individual points developed in more detail and supported by quotation(s)
(1) alone might end up producing an essay that's too vague and general. (2) alone will string together separate details without any general understanding - something the SQA calls too much 'micro-analysis'.
To put it another way, there should be a combination of the GENERAL and the PARTICULAR. Use general topic sentences to introduce bigger points, and include particular examples in your paragraph laid out in the PEER format.
Here is a typical structure for a paragraph in a Critical Essay:
A key theme in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is the the theme of fate.[GENERAL TOPIC SENTENCE] This is first introduced in the prologue when .... [follow this with quotation and analysis] In addition to this ...[provide a second example in PEER format]