Essay intros


A short quiz-style activity to help learners understand the style and requirements of GCSE English essay introductions.
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Question 1

'Using the key words of the question' just means re-writing the question and tweaking it a bit.
  • True
  • False

Question 2

Which of the following would be a good way to start the introduction to an essay in response to this question: The two texts show the points of view of different travel writers. What similarities do the travel writers Bill Bryson and Emma Levine share in these texts? Use evidence from both texts to support your answer.
  • It is clear from both texts that Bryson and Levine share certain points of view about the place they have visited.
  • Bill Bryson and Emma Levine are both travel writers but have different points of view
  • Bill Bryson and Emma Levine share the same point of view about this place.
  • Although one is a man and one is a woman, Bryson and Levine are both travel writers which means they have the same point of view.

Question 3

This is an example of a well-written essay introduction. Choose from the drop-down menus to annotate it to show why it is effective.
  • Refers to writer
  • Knows her name
  • Using key words
  • Re-writing the question
  • Identifies specific techniques
  • Is feature spotting
  • Direct reference
  • Direct quotation
  • Identifies a key idea
  • Misses the point
  • Addressing key word 'engage'
  • Addressing key word 'ways'
  • key idea from text
  • Key technique used

Question 4

What is the purpose of an introduction to an essay? Choose all that apply.
  • To indicate to the examiner that you have understood the question
  • To set out the argument/angle you will present in your essay
  • To give you time to get into your stride with the essay
  • To show the examiner that you know you need to write an intro
  • To list all of the points you intend to cover in your essay.

Question 5

You should always write in the first person in your introduction, using 'I' so that the examiner knows you are giving them your interpretation.
  • True
  • False
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