Choosing the Best Response

Choosing the Best Response of Constructing Answers


In this video, we are going to look at very broad question and work out how to answer it. Broad questions are often the most poorly executed by students. The reason? Not choosing the best response.

A Broad Question

A Broad Question
Why is change necessary for humanity to thrive? This question has many possible answers. We want to focus on establishing a clear argument before we look at anything to back it up. So no examples or evidence at this stage.

The Possible Answers

The Possible Answers
Humanity and change are very broad terms. An answer could include analysis based on society, the self, culture, communities, religious values, technology, politics, welfare, friendships, relationships, child-rearing, education, war, human rights…

Breaking it Down

Breaking it Down
Let’s think about it then. Why do people thrive?

  • Ideas and technologies can be shared
  • We value human life
  • Value peace and harmony
  • We find better ways to do things
  • Civilisation

A Lot to Choose From

A Lot to Choose From
We can’t include all of these ideas in their current form. We need to instead focus on choosing the best ideas and expanding on them, as well as joining other ideas which could be put under one umbrella. This gives us something that can be utilised for an answer, as it will allow explanation.

Simplifying

We first need to rephrase and simplify the broad keywords of ‘change’ and ‘humanity’. By linking them, it enables us to answer both at the same time. “Humanity thrives because change allows civilisation to evolve and change in values allow it to be unified”.

Arguments

With our new rephrasing of the question, we have taken all of our ideas and chosen the best two. That is;

  • Civilisation can evolve
  • It can be unified by values

All of our previous five ideas have now gone into two, and we are able to better elaborate on each.
Putting it all together, we can now think about proving it all with evidence.

Evidence

Evidence
While evidence and research will help you develop ideas, don’t attach any of it to your response until you’ve worked out what your argument is. It means you now can use the best and most appropriate evidence to support and prove whatever it is you choose to write.

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