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Year 10: Term 2: Hitler and Nazi Germany

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Essay Writing Template

History Essay (From QUT Library)
In this type of essay, you are required to take a position on a topic, and present arguments which support your position.

  • Introduction
    • Background information on topic
    • Statement of your position on the topic (hypothesis or thesis)
    • Overview of arguments to be presented (structure)
  • Body paragraphs
    • paragraph 1
      • Topic sentence outlining first argument
      • Sentences giving explanations and providing evidence to support topic sentence
      • Concluding sentence – link to next paragraph
    • paragraph 2
      • Topic sentence outlining second argument
      • Sentences giving explanations and providing evidence to back topic sentence
      • Concluding sentence – link to next paragraph
    • Following body paragraphs
      • These follow the same structure for as many arguments as you wish to put forward in support of the topic.
  • Conclusion
    • Summary of the main points of the body
    • Restatement of the hypothesis

PEEL Method for Writing Your Essay

How to Write In-Text References for Humanities

Useful Databases

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Useful Ebooks from the Catalogue

We now have many ebooks on Nazi Germany. Specific ones include: The Treaty of Versailles, Auschwitz, The Dresden Bombing, Hitler Youth, Berlin Olympics, Josef Mengele, Operation Barbarossa and more.

To find them, go to the Oliver catalogue in the box on the left and type in your preferred search term. any ebooks will have the green 'ebook' icon  attached to them. 

Essay Planning Mind Map

Key Question: What were the Nazi death camps and their conditions like, and how effective were they?


  • Why and how were the death camps established? (Final Solution)
  • What was life like in the death camps?
  • How effective were the death camps in achieving their goal?

The 3-Part Introductory Paragraph (BAM example):

Background: To the anti-Semitic Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Jews were an inferior race, an alien threat to German racial purity and community. After years of Nazi rule in Germany, during which Jews were consistently persecuted, Hitler and his henchman eventually devised a “Final Solution” to the Jewish “problem” which involved the establishment of death camps such as Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor.

Argument or Hypothesis: In a war of many atrocities, the concept, implementation and effectiveness of these Nazi death camps continues to horrify the world.

Main Points or Signposting: This claim will be supported through an examination of the reasons for and process of establishing the camps, conditions for those living in these camps, and the effectiveness of the camps in achieving their goal.