My students are currently preparing themselves for their first mock exam. This is a college initiative to monitor progress of students and establish their current working at grade. For my students it is the first opportunity to write a full essay under timed conditions without notes. My conclusion: this is fairly daunting for them.
So in order to support them as much as possible, I have created a quick booklet with two questions per topic, which I would like them to use to aid their revision. I am going to collect the booklets in to check understanding and make sure there are no obvious mistakes in knowledge etc.
Front cover of booklet:
Essay Plans Philosophy
- What quote would you use in the introduction to catch the examiners attention/ engage with the topic area?
- Which key names/ arguments will you use?
- How will you link these points to the question?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of each name/ argument?
- How will you further criticise/ support/ defend against this initial evaluation?
You need to still justify whether the philosopher/ argument is strong/ weak, convincing/ not convincing, logical/ illogical etc. – so decide your perspective before you start to plan!
Questions within the booklet:
- Critically assess, using examples, Plato’s understanding of reality.
- “An argument based on reason is more reliable than an argument based on senses.” Discuss
- Critically compare Plato’s Form of the Good and Aristotle’s Prime Mover
- Evaluate Aristotle’s argument of teleology and the Four Causes
- “Aristotle’s view that the soul is the form of the body which cannot be separated is coherent.” Discuss
- “The only way to understand the idea of the mind is by physical or material interactions”
- “Evolution logically explains design without the need of God.” Discuss
- “Any evidence of design in the world does not mean God exists” Discuss
- “Hume’s criticisms against the Cosmological argument are coherent.” Discuss
- “The Big Bang is the only logical explanation for the beginning of the universe” Discuss
- “Anselm successfully avoids Gaunilo’s weaknesses” Discuss
- “The Ontological argument successfully justifies belief in God.”
To view all available teacher and student materials click on: R.S Resources. This digital goods store will allow you to quickly and safely download all materials (for a small charge). These include PowerPoints, lesson packs (with all worksheets and activities) key knowledge test packs (with answers), essay writing skills pack, revision packs and much more. I am always uploading new materials (as and when I cover them with my students) so it is worth checking regularly. These are all the materials I use with my own students, so they are tried and tested and available for you to download, keep and adapt over the years.
Revision bubbles/ advice and sample questions with guidance found in: