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Command Words for GCSE Geography

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  • 1. Command words: GCSE Revision
  • 2. What are command words?
    • Command words are important words in exam questions.
    • They tell you what you actually have to do.
    • You need to understand the command words so that your answer is focussed and appropriate.
    • Once command word is COMPARE…
  • 3. Making comparisons…
    • Compare Describe the similarities and differences between two things (for example, two floods).
    • BUT …..Two separate accounts do not make a comparison, unless the second account refers back to the first.
    • A good technique would be to use comparative adjectives (describing words) - for example, larger than, smaller than, steeper than, gentler than, etc.
    • The word "compare" refers to both similarities and differences.
  • 4.  
  • 5. How many differences and similarities are there….
  • 6.  
  • 7. What other command words are there?
    • Analyse
    • Assess
    • Contrast
    • Describe
    • Evaluate
    • Explain
    • How far?
    • Justify
    • To what extent
    • What do you think you are being asked to do?
  • 8. Task: Heads and tails
    • Match the command word with the meaning….what do you think you are being asked to do?
  • 9. What other command words are there?
    • Analyse – identify the main characteristics and rate the factors with respect to importance.
    • Assess – Weight up a particular situation by looking at for/against or strengths/weaknesses
    • Contrast – Identify the differences between two or more things
    • Describe – Say what something is like. Use data if there is a graph.
    • Evaluate – This means the same as assess
    • Explain – Give reasons why something happens
    • How far? – You need to put both sides of the argument across
    • Justify -
    • To what extent – The same as how far