How long should a 12 mark question take in History? (AQA GCSE)?
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It's difficult to say exactly because it depends on how fast you write. Generally, 1 to 2 pages is a good indicator. Here's an example of a structure you could use: Sample question: Salahuddeens role in the failure to capture Jerusalem. Introduction: What is the definition of “main reason”? What is your short answer to the question? Paragraph 1: Some historians have argued that Saladin’s leadership was the main reason for the failure to capture Jerusalem. This can be argued because… Counterpoint: However, this is not an effective argument because… (Reference your definition of main reason) Paragraph 2: However, it is clear that Saladin’s leadership was less important than the weakness of the crusading army. This can be argued because… Finish paragraph by linking back to definition of “main reason” and explaining why this is more important that Saladin’s. Paragraph 3: It is also clear that Saladin’s leadership was also less important than Richard’s leadership for the failure of the Crusading army. This can be argued because... Finish paragraph by linking back to definition of “main reason” and explaining why this is more important that Saladin’s. Conclusion Overall, it is clear that Saladin’s leadership was/wasn’t the main reason Refer back to your definition of “main reason” when justifying
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