HOW TO EXCEL IN
STRUCTURED ESSAY
QUESTIONS (SEQ)
IN HUMANITIES
Outcomes for this exercise
Knowing the structure for good explanations (PEEL)
Structure of a good explanation
Format to use:
P – Point / Identify factor
E – Examples / Give specific named examples
E – Elaborate / Give detailed description of examples
L – Link / Show how factor has led to or contributed to the outcome
Q: How far do you agree that the main
factor that explains Venice’s rise to an
empire is its strong navy? EYA. [12]
“empire”: supreme power in governing;
imperial power; sovereignty / a group of
nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor,
empress, or other powerful sovereign or
government: usually a territory of greater
extent than a kingdom
Assessment Time
Activity 1
• Refer to samples in following slides
• Assess quality of samples using the
self-assessment rubric (next slide)
Assessment Rubrics
Sample of explanation of given factor (Q13)
Venice’s strong navy is a result of Venetian’s enterprising spirit and
application of their extensive shipbuilding knowledge. The shipbuilding
industry expanded as a result of trade expansion and the Arsenal was
created in 1100 AD to centralize the shipbuilding industry. By 13th century,
the Arsenal was expanded to meet the increasing demand for the
production of the great galleys which were superior vessels powered by
oars and equipped with weapons to be used both as a merchant and war
vessel. Strict compliance of quality and protection of their shipbuilding
technology led to Venice possessing a large and powerful naval fleet which
was used to facilitate territorial control over trading routes in the East. This
not only contributed to increase in wealth but also established Venice as
the “Queen of the Adriatic Sea” as she rose to become a dominant
maritime authority / power over the Mediterranean region (empire) in the
15th century.
LEVELS OF RESPONSE MARKING
Activity 2
Refer to Sample A and Sample B – how many marks would be
awarded for the answers? Write down your assessment.
Lvl
Descriptors
Mks
1
Writes on issue without addressing relevant factors
1-2
2
Describes given or other relevant factors
3-4
3
Explains how given factor OR other relevant factors leads to the
outcome / issue
5-6
4
Explains how given factor AND other relevant factors leads to the
outcome / issue
7-10
Award 7-8 marks for explaining 2nd relevant factor
Award 9-10marks for explaining 3rd relevant factor
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