Structuring your writing
A typical exam question is to ask to describe a school trip. In this section we’ll look at this question. We’ll concentrate on structuring your ideas to create a well-formed piece of writing.
When you were on a school trip to France, you visited a French school. The school in France wants to gather information about the students from Scotland. Write a piece including details about yourself.
You may include the following details:
where you live
your family – who they are, their age and what they’re like
what social events there are in your village/town, and where they take place
what your favourite school subjects are, and why
what you liked about your stay in France, and why
anything else you want to include
A good piece of writing should contain roughly seven paragraphs. A good rule of thumb is to include one (or two) of the details suggested in the question as individual paragraphs.
Your paragraphs may follow the details suggested. For example:
Paragraph 1 could consist of the first three bullet points: name, age and where you live.
Paragraph 2 could take in your hobbies.
Paragraph 3 can be given over to your family.
Paragraph 4 can talk about village/town events.
Paragraph 5 can talk about school.
Paragraph 6 can talk about your trip to France.
Paragraph 7 can talk about anything else you may wish to include or be your closing paragraph.
Remember that the beginning and close of a piece of writing are very important. These two parts create a positive impression, if they are done well.
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