National 5 Assignment Dinnae Ken? OR as teachers say What do I do? • What is the assignment? • The assignment is an essay written under exam conditions and then sent to the SQA to be marked. • Why do I have to do an assignment? • It’s a chance to show off what you can do! The exam gives you the chance to write the best essay you can. • Why is the assignment so important? • Its really important to do as well as you can in the assignment, as the mark you get is part of your final national 5 award total. In fact, the assignment counts for 20 marks out of a total of 80, so doing well in the assignment can provide you with a very useful launching pad for future success. • How long does my essay have to be? • As much as you can write in one hour – There are no word limits in the assignment. Most people can write about one page of A4 in ten minutes, so its possible to write a six page essay. (bulk of essays 4/5 pages long) • Are there types of questions to avoid? • Make life easy and choose something you are already studying. Pick a title which promotes argument, it should start with words such as: To what extent & How important…………………..? • Don’t pick Q’s which ask two questions within the same title – don’t make it more difficult. • What is my A4 resource sheet? • This is the piece of paper you can take in with you to the write up. (basic plan & list of sources used) This will be sent off to the SQA with your assignment. • Will my resource sheet be marked? • No, but its great to fill it in fully and it will act as a great prompt. (no word count) • How should I write my assignment? • Its like a 8 mark essay but beefed up! You must have a intro, at least 4 main factors in your main body which are developed and backed up with research answering the Q and a conclusion. • Essay writing tips: • It is important to write a balanced answer. • After your introduction you should outline the isolated factor in paragraphs one and two. You should then go onto write about a number of other factors which contributed in part to said issue. • Remember you should use supporting evidence throughout your essay, referring to the sources you have used to back up your main factors throughout e.g. www.ilovehistoryassignments.co.uk ;-) • Include mini conclusions linking each main factor back to the question and effectively answer it. • DON’T STORY TELL – ARGUE – ANSWER THE Q!!! • A strong conclusion is a must and should summarise main arguments, and then explain what you think is the most important factor. • YOU CAN ALL DO IT! – PMA • Taking a note of the source • In presenting evidence from sources, you should say where the information comes from. This allows the reader to judge how useful the sources you have used really are. • • If you use a quote from a source, you may simply put the author, the type of source or title of the book, and the date if you know it. For example: • ‘Churchill was the greatest prime minister that Britain ever had’. (J. Bloggs, Britain in World War Two, 2011) • According to the Times newspaper in June 1915, … • You could also summarise a viewpoint from a longer source by saying: J. Bloggs suggests that Churchill was the best Prime Minister Britain has ever had.