The Writing Frame is a software tool designed to support students in one of their most difficult areas of study. When using sources, students are challenged to:
When analysed in this way it is not difficult to see why some students find this challenge difficult. To help, the Writing Frame breaks the process down into a series of stages. This helps students see which stage they have reached in the research project, and encourages them to think about the process they are undertaking, and the content they are working with
Although there are a number of pre-constructed Writing Frame resources in the A level packages described in the next section, the tool can also be used in other projects for students. Create a research project tailored to your requirements in the following way:
The extent of information you add to support students in the research project may differ. This depends on the nature of the exercise and the abilities of each group of students.
The Writing Frame is ideally suited to any research project that has an element of controversy within it. It will encourage students to think about ways that a collection of sources can generate conflicting views and is ideally suited as preparation for almost any question of A level standard. A few examples might be:
Locating sources on questions in the Cabinet papers should not prove difficult. In fact, limiting the number of sources is likely to be more of a problem. You can ask students to use the search facility or the Browse by Theme facility, although constraints of time are likely to mean that a more effective approach is for you, the teacher, to locate relevant source material. As well as the Cabinet papers there are other sources of useful material, such as those listed in the related links section.