I have collated the questions written for a plenary by my Year 10 class. I will create example paragraphs, and write a post for them, for me, and for any teachers who might find questions about the CA useful.

How does the burger work?
English assessments test different things. You have been tested so far on your creative writing, and on your writing to persuade. This assessment tests your ability to read and understand meaning.
It doesn’t test how creatively you can write.
It doesn’t test how well you can use punctuation or vary sentence length.
It does test you on how well you can pick parts of the story, and analyse them to say what they might mean to you.
The idea of the burger is that only the middle bits needs the quotation and the analysis. The top and bottom bits (the introduction and conclusion, or the beginning and end) contain just your opinion.
How can I remember the quotes of Macbeth?
You will plan them in class, and choose the ones you understand.
How can I understand the quotations of Macbeth?
You will remember the meanings of the quotations from our podcast work, our acting work, and the close-reading work we will do in class this week.
How can I plan the essay?
You will practice writing an introduction for homework and in class – it needs to be personal to you.
How can I start the assessment?
You will have a personal introduction that, although you cannot take in with you, you can write yourself.
How can I remember all the quotations?
You can have a copy of the scene, and will have indicated which quotations you would consider using.
What happens if I don’t get it right?
You will learn how to improve your analysis for other essays. In addition, the English language is more important for your future; English literature is an extra GCSE.
Why are the paragraphs set like that?
Point + Evidence. This suggests…Explain. Furthermore… Explain. However…Explain. How can I remember the work of Macbeth?
You will have a plan to help you.

What happens if I don’t use inverted commas for quotes?
Then the reader doesn’t know what part you’ve taken from the play!

What happens if I don’t get the order right?

Then your analysis isn’t so clear.
How can I pass English?
It is two qualifications. You need to know the criteria for that essay, show you can do it in class, and then do the same in an assessment.
How can I understand PEE?

By more practice in class.

Example worksheet:

How to write analysis with a PEE paragraph


Point + Evidence. This suggests…Explain.  Furthermore…  Explain.  However… Explain.


Copy each of the four examples and complete them so you have between 3 and 4 sentences.

1) Mr A is smart because he ‘wears a smart suit.’ This suggests… (what kind of people wear smart suits?)
(what does it suggest about Mr A’s attitude towards his job?)
(is Mr Anderson smart right now? Is that for a reason?)

2) Mr A drives a small car because he ‘cannot afford a large one.’ This suggests…

3) Wolves are a terrible team because they ‘are bottom of the table.’ This suggests…

4) Macbeth feels King Duncan has been good to him because he has ‘golden opinions’ of Macbeth. This suggests…

What happens if you don’t write in PEE?

Mr A has a good attitude towards his job. But he doesn’t always look smart. He must be rich. He wears a suit.

– You don’t know what evidence you are using to make your points. Also, you don’t know what is your extra explaining. Finally, you don’t know where you’re explaining starts.