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Unit 1: Planning your essayUnit 2: Structuring paragraphsUnit 3: Introductions & conclusionsUnit 4: Writing persuasivelyUnit 5: Writing cohesively

You are going to look at a student’s attempt to develop the main arguments for the following essay question on self-determination in education for indigenous Australians. You will go through all the steps you need to take before you can start writing your essay. (We have already looked at the first three steps, but will recap these before moving on to Step 4. Planning the overall structure.)

1. Interpreting the essay question

First, read the essay question and then identify the question’s content, instruction, value, and scoping words.

Check your understanding by selecting the buttons in turn.

Go to the next page to see how the student has used a concept map to organise notes from the sources consulted.