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Published: 19/02/2014
KS3 | Communicating about the past | Essay writing | The Medieval period: 1000-1500
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Exemplar essay analysis: Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

A really useful introduction to essay writing. An example essay is provided and students are tasked with the marking. Using the hamburger analogy they look for topic sentences, 'meaty' fillings and concluding explanations.

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The Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 because King Edward had died leaving the English throne without an heir. Harold Godwinson seized the throne but he had two rivals, Harald Hardrada and William of Normandy. William eventually won the battle and the throne of England, and this piece of writing explains why.

One reason that William won was because he was better prepared for the battle than Harold. He had over two weeks to get ready after landing in Pevensey Bay. His men were well fed and rested. Harold, on the other hand, had just fought Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge and had to march back down south to fight William. Some of his army had been killed, others were injured, and they were all tired from the long march.

Another major reason that William won the battle was because his army was better than Harold’s. Lots of Harold’s men were just farmers, but all the Norman soldiers had good weapons. This meant that William was in a strong position at the start of the battle.


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sarah bryant
sarah bryant
looking for way of getting the kids to recognise the structure of the essay and be able to use the burger concept in the future. as well as start spotting the connectives.
Posted on 30th September 2014

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