1 May 2015

PEED (Point, Example, Explan and Develop) in English essays

A very important skill for passing GCSE is being a master of PEED; it surely helps to organise thoughts and write in proper English.

Albeit the structure seems very easy, putting it into practise needs some time and attempts in writing using this model. English teachers love PEED and expect us to use this during exams and assessments; also this is their favourite paragraph structure with a slight difference that the last point - development should lead to the next idea, explained in the next paragraph. Therefore, a 'Develop' step should incorporate some words or structures showing the transition from one idea to another.

I think that during the pressure of the exam it would be useful to note down the ideas in the PEED order and then create interesting sentences, using structures like 'one reason', 'I think', 'because' etc. I will prepare a separate post to gather some of these words.

My English teacher advised us to read at least one article a day and to ask ourselves questions similar to those on the exam; answering them on the paper using PEED will make us masters of it. We have to remember, during the exam there is only 10 min for the whole task: reading the article and writing the answer. From the simple notes, it is much easier to write, for example:
'The Simpsons' show is very popular because it has strong characters. One of these characters is Mo, who is very funny and funny characters encourage people to watch the show.

Personally I do not like The Simpsons but it does not matter.

There is the first part (out of three) GCSE revision on PEED. Try to employ PEED and write every day a short answers about the titles, pictures as on exam papers.


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