Uploaded a file called Methods in Context Education
This is a task which attempts to tackle the struggle that some students have with making sure they include context and issue in the MiC 20 mark question, rather than just writing about the strengths and limitations of the method (which is a very common problem). I devised it as when I use the AQA post-exam analysis tool, this is where my students were performing least well. It link to an old question paper which can be found via the AQA site. The only difference now is that you are no longer given a choice of 2 methods, however that is an advantage here as it means that as a group you can split the task in half and cover 2 different approaches. What I do is in pairs or 3's I give them a large sheet of paper (A3 or bigger) and get them to write an introduction, then paragraphs that force them to use the key terms linked to the method with the key terms linked to the issue and/or context, TICKING EACH KEY WORD OFF THE SHEET as they go along. By the end of the lesson, the best essay is displayed on the wall and is a composite of the best introduction, best paragraphs linking issue and context and best conclusion. The students as a group have created the perfect response, it is also present for all to see and they have all absorbed how to begin and end the question as well as the vital skill of hitting the top end of the mark scheme. They have also taken on board that some key terms will be required whatever the question is but that planning around the actual issue and context before they start writing is also vital. Any questions, just ask. It works well!