What it means


P = Point

E = Evidence

E= Explain


In other sources it may be written PEA (point, evidence, analysis) or PQE (point, quotation, explanation) or PQD (point, quotation, development).  We are trying to encourage a uniform use of PEE but PEA is especially useful as pupils move further up the school.


How to write a successful P.E.E


P = Point = concisely state your idea/argument.  Your Point must be relevant to task/question set.


E = Evidence = demonstrate how you can support your statement with reference to a specific part of the text you are writing about; as you would in a court of law, produce evidence for what you are asserting.  Evidence can be in the form of a quotation (in this context, words from a text).  A quotation does not need to be somebody speaking (you can quote evidence from a science journal as readily as you can from a Shakespearean play).  If the evidence is a quotation try to select exactly the part of the sentence/text that proves/supports your point.  As a rule of thumb, quotations should not exceed 7/8 words.  Direct quotations must be placed in quotation marks “ “.  It is always worth looking back at your point and ensuring you have not used in your point words from the quotation (avoiding, She will be sad when he leaves: “she looked sad as he was about to leave for war”)


E = Explanation (or analysis).  The first step in your explanation is to explain how your quotation/evidence supports the point you are making.  Again, make sure you do not use the same words in the quotation (avoiding, She will be sad when he leaves: “she looked sad as he was about to leave for war.”  This clearly suggests that she will be sad when he leaves as he is going to war.)  It can be useful to pick apart the language in the quotation, going into some detail about the words chosen.  In English reading tasks it is useful to think of the explanation as including the stages: explain, analyse, evaluate.