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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.

Structuring your 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:

  • your name

  • your age

  • where you live

  • your hobbies

  • 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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