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WRITING AND PREPARING A CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES ESSAY




RUAPEKAPEKA GATES taken by J Pipe 2005
A GUIDE FOR YEAR 13
2013

ESSAY WRITING GUIDELINES

CONTENTS

Introduction 1

  1. The Achievement Standard 2

  2. Advice for the process of writing your essay 3

  3. Assessment schedules for a Treaty essay 10

  • Why did Maori sign?

  • Why did the British want a Treaty?

  • Why was a Treaty signed

  1. Note guides for Treaty essays 19

  2. Model essay with comments for a Treaty essay 21

  3. Treaty questions as a check of understanding 23

  4. Assessment schedule for a Northern wars essay 24



Introduction

  • This booklet provides the class with advice and guidance for writing an essay.

  • It has blank pages and half pages where your teacher will ask you to complete certain activities.

  • Keep this document in the flipfile that is given to keep all essays


1. THE ACHIEVEMENT STANDARD AS91438 (AS3.5)


Title

Analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event

Level

3

Credits

6

Assessment

External

Subfield

Social Science Studies

Domain

History

Status

Registered

Status date

4 December 2012

Planned review date

31 December 2016

Date version published

4 December 2012

This achievement standard involves analysing the causes and consequences of a significant historical event.


Achievement Criteria


Achievement

Achievement with Merit

Achievement with Excellence

  • Analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event.

  • Analyse, in depth, the causes and consequences of a significant historical event.

  • Comprehensively analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event.


Explanatory Notes

  1. This achievement standard is derived from The New Zealand Curriculum, Learning Media, Ministry of Education, 2007, Social Sciences learning area, and the Level 8 achievement objectives:

  • Understand that the causes, consequences, and explanations of historical events that are of significance to New Zealanders are complex and how and why they are contested

  • Understand how trends over time reflect social, economic, and political forces

and is related to the material in the Teaching and Learning Guide for History, Ministry of Education,

2010 at http://seniorsecondary.tki.org.nzhttp://seniorsecondary.tki.org.nz.




  1. Analyse involves explaining the causes and consequences of a significant historical event. This may involve establishing underlying and immediate causes and short term and long term consequences.


Analyse, in depth, involves evaluating the causes and consequences of a significant historical event.

Evaluating includes the prioritisation of causes and consequences by justifying their relative significance.


Comprehensively analyse means to evaluate the causes and consequences of an historical event to support well-considered judgements that demonstrate understanding of the complexity of the causes and consequences.
3 A significant historical event is a specific event in time, eg:

  • The Treaty of Waitangi

  • The Northern war

  • The War in Taranaki

  • The Waikato War

  • Invasion of Parihaka

  • Fall of Singapore

  • Massacre at Srebrenica

  • Votes for Women 1893

  • Gallipoli

  • Paschaendale

  • The Dropping of the Atomic Bombs

4 Significance may be determined by:



  • the impact and importance of the event on people over a period of time

  • how deeply people’s lives were affected over a period of time

  • how many lives were affected

  • the length of time people’s lives were affected

  • the extent to which the event continues to affect society.


2. Advice for the process of writing your essay



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