Writing Task 2 Essay Structures

1. Agree or Disagree?

Introduction

  • Paraphrase question
  • Thesis statement
  • Outline sentence

Main Body Paragraph 1

  • Topic sentence
  • Explain topic sentence
  • Example

Main Body Paragraph 2

  • Topic sentence
  • Explain topic sentence
  • Example

Conclusion

  • Summarise main ideas and reiterate opinion

2. Discuss Both Views and Give Your Own Opinion

Introduction

  • Paraphrase question and/or state both view points.
  • Thesis statement

Main Body Paragraph 1

  • State first viewpoint
  • Discuss first viewpoint
  • Reason why you agree or disagree with viewpoint
  • Example to support your view

Main Body Paragraph 2

  • State second viewpoint
  • Discuss second viewpoint
  • Reason why you agree or disagree with viewpoint
  • Example to support your view

Conclusion

  • Summarise man ideas and state opinion

3. Advantages and Disadvantages

Introduction

  • Paraphrase question
  • Outline main ideas and give opinion if asked

Main Body Paragraph 1

  • State one advantage
  • Expand/Explain advantage
  • Example
  • Result

Main Body Paragraph 2

  • State one disadvantage
  • Expand/Explain disadvantage
  • Example
  • Result

Conclusion

  • Summary of main ideas and opinion, if asked

4. Problems and Solutions

Introduction

  • Paraphrase question
  • Outline main ideas

Main Body Paragraph 1

  • State problem
  • Explain problem
  • Result
  • Example

Main Body Paragraph 2

  • State solution
  • Explain solution
  • Example

Conclusion

  • Summary of main ideas

Note: For causes and solutions, simply replace solutions with causes.

5. Two Part Question

Introduction

  • Paraphrase question
  • Briefly answer both questions

Main Body Paragraph 1

  • Answer first question directly
  • Explain why
  • Further explain
  • Example

Main Body Paragraph 2

  • Answer second question directly
  • Explain why
  • Further explain
  • Example

Conclusion

  • Summary of main ideas