Tackling the usefulness of sources 8 mark questions in the Edexcel GCSE Thematic Study and Historical Environment Paper

These resources are for a seminar on how to deal with the 8 mark usefulness of the sources questions which focus on the historical environment topic in the Edexcel GCSE course. The resources include a PowerPoint which gives detailed guidance, a structure strip and a model paragraph. Extra questions which can be found in textbooks and online can give further practice for students within the session.

Usefulness of sources about the Blitz – 8 markers

Usefulness of sources model answer – 8 marker

Structure strips – Usefulness of sources 8 markers



Tackling the Consequence 4 mark question for the Edexcel GCSE Period Study lesson resources

The 4 mark consequence question at the beginning of the Period Study paper for the Edexcel GCSE course is designed to ‘warm up’ students for the exam. Here is a PowerPoint I use for a lesson which focuses purely on the techniques needed to produce a successful answer for this demanding question. Not only is there a PowerPoint but also the structure strips students can use to support them writing their answer.

Structure strips – Consequence 4 markers

Rainbow marking a paragraph – 4 mark consequence

Consequence question – 4 marker


Structure strips for Edexcel GCSE Modern Depth Study

These structure strips cover all the different types of questions that come up in the GCSE Modern Depth Study – which I teach the Weimar and Nazi Germany topic. They have proved very useful when preparing students for assignments and assessment and hope they are equally useful to others.

Structure strips – Inference 4 markers

Structure strips – Explain 12 markers

Structure strips – Interpretation differences 4 markers

Structure strips – Source Usefulness 8 markers

Structure strips – Why interpretations differ 4 markers

Structure strips – Agree with Interpretaton 16 markers


Structure strips for Edexcel GCSE British Depth Paper

I have had some requests to share structure strips for specific questions for the GCSE examinations. Here are structure strips for the three different questions which make up the British Depth GCSE Paper for Edexcel, for which I teach the Early Elizabethan topic.

Structure strips – narrative 4 markers

Structure strips – Explain 12 markers

Structure strips – Judgement 16 markers