Giant Essay Plans

Article by: Debbie Fisher

Frustration that the interactive whiteboard and wipe boards are too small for creating A-Level essay plans and allowing all students to partake led to my decision to print key information onto sheets of A4 paper and turn the walls of the classroom into giant essay plans. This resource is best used at the end of a topic to help students consolidate their learning and plan essay answers.

Factor headings that form the basis of the essay ‘planning grid’ framework are printed and blue tacked to classroom walls. Under each heading are two columns labelled ‘hinder’ and ‘help’ or ‘success’ and ‘failure’. Relevant ‘evidence’ is then printed onto individual sheets of A4 and arranged on a row of desks for students to view. Students are given blue-tac and in small groups decide which factor and column evidence should be placed within. Teacher observations and differentiated open questions are used to provide guidance as needed. Once the evidence is arranged upon the walls the whole class circulates the classroom discussing and justifying why evidence has been placed where it has. Students then take pictures of the giant essay plan which they then use to write their homework essays.

@historytiglet Lecturer in Humanities – Lincoln

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 edition of UKEdMagazine

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