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ED1421 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education: Essay Exemplar

ED1421 student assessment support


Below is a sample of an introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion and reference list from a previous student essay that varies from current year requirements. The essay was awarded a HD according to the marking criteria and standards in that year. The speech bubbles below include feedback and comments from the lecturer, a librarian and a learning advisor.

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Task description learning outcomes image Task description Unpacking the essay question

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Download: Writing a critical essay

This section provides information on key elements required in your final essay - e.g. essay structure.
Marking rubrics let you know how your assignment will be graded, and the boxes below are marking rubric excerpts for this assignment. 
Tick off each section of marking rubrics so you know you have addressed all assignment requirements.


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Make a good first impression with a great essay title!


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Essay title



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Find out: About writing effective paragraphs

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The APA referencing guide will help you create your references

Body paragraph 3


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Synthesis definition: Combine (a number of things) into a coherent whole; draw together ideas (similar and sometimes contradictory ideas of others)

Using evidence Evidence and systhesis Evidence of synthesis
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Check out: Conclusion paragraphs

Conclusion Draw conclusions
APA Reference Tips Reference list extract image Reference list tips image

Top Tip: Record citation details (authors, title, url, pages, etc) of all resources as you use them.

Top Tip: The APA referencing guide will help you create your references

Top Tip: Reference lists are usually worth marks, so don't leave them to the last minute.

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