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					                        Structuring Your Critical Essay

It is really important that you do not just ‘ramble’ on in your essays. A well
structured essay usually leads to a higher mark.

Generally speaking your critical essay should follow the structure below:

INTRODUCTION
  o Name of text
  o Name of author
  o Use words of question
  o Identify main points to be discussed in question

PARAGRAPH TWO
  o Use topic sentence which links to the question and shows what your
    first paragraph is going to be about
  o Make your first ‘point’ then introduce the first quotation you want to
    use by placing it in context
  o Quotation
  o Detailed commentary on the significance of the quotation (and, where
    relevant, the technique used – particularly in poetry)
  o Possibly a second quotation and commentary on it

PARAGRAPH THREE
  o Use topic sentence to highlight the next point you want to make
  o Try, if possible, to use a link word or phrase to show how this point
    relates to the previous one
  o Introduction of quotation – put it in context
  o Quotation
  o Detailed commentary

PARAGRAPH FOUR/FIVE/SIX
  o As above, making sure you take a new paragraph for each new point.
  o Try to develop your line of argument as you go – think about building up
    your points (a staircase) not just listing a series of different points
    (stepping stones)
CONCLUSION
  o Sum up main points, using exact words of question
  o DO NOT INTRODUCE ANY NEW POINTS IN YOUR CONCLUSION

Link words and phrases

Try to use these to show development in your argument. They help to make
your essay more coherent and less ‘listy’.

TO ADD SIMILAR POINTS

…..even more so…..
Similarly,
Furthermore,
To add to this,
Moreover,
Also,
Additionally,
In addition,
Hence, (for this reason)
Therefore,

TO INDICATE A SHIFT/CHANGE

However,
On the other hand,
Despite this,
Nevertheless,
In contrast,
Conversely,

DRAWING A CONCLUSION
Therefore,
As a result of this,
Consequently,

PUTTING POINTS IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE
More/most significantly,
The most significant factor in …….. is…..
Above all,

				
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