4 Paragraph Structure for the IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay

Fotolia_1684988_XSTo keep things simple and easy to organize – always plan on writing a 4 paragraph essay. By following this same formula, you will be able to plan your essay quickly and easily for any question.

Here is the simple 4 paragraph structure:

  1. Introduction. This will be a short paragraph of only 2 – 3 sentences. It should clearly introduce the topic and claim made in the Task question. And it should clearly state your opinion and general answer to the call-to-action part of the Task question. See How to Analyze the Essay Question and How to write introductions quickly for IELTS Task 2.
  2. First Main Idea. Here you provide your first main reason of support for your opinion. Add supporting details and examples.
  3. Second Main Idea. Here you provide your second main reason of support for your opinion. Add supporting details and examples.
  4. Conclusion. Simply restate your opinion.

Let’s look at an example of an Agree/Disagree question:

Some people think that all teenagers should be required to do unpaid work in their free time to help the local community. They believe this would benefit both the individual teenager and society as a whole.

Do you agree or disagree?

Here’s how I would structure my essay:

  1. Introduction. I paraphrase the first sentence about requiring teenagers to volunteer in the community. I state my opinion that I agree because it benefits both the teenager and the community.
  2. First main reason why I agree – it benefits the individual teenager. Explain how it benefits them and give examples – opens their eyes to the problems of others, instills discipline and commitment, helps their communication skills as they have to work with others, etc.
  3. Second main reason why I agree – it benefits society as a whole.  Explain how it benefits society and give examples – helps create stronger bonds within communities if teenagers are involved, communities always need helping hands in various projects – clean ups, setting up free events, providing services for elderly, sick or poor, etc.
  4. Conclusion – restate that I believe that community volunteering is important to both teenagers as individuals and to society as a whole.

I’ll be writing more examples of other question types, so check back!

 

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10 comments on “4 Paragraph Structure for the IELTS Writing Task 2 Essay
  1. Punita Joshi says:

    liked your written stlye

  2. Dang Khoa says:

    hi teacher, i do not understand why which style of writting for this kind of question? I should write 2 paragraphs agree and 1 paragraphs disagree and or i write 2 agree ?

    • Pearl says:

      Hi Dang,

      If you agree with the statement, write 2 paragraphs of reasons you agree (1 main reason w/ support in each paragraph).

      If you disagree with the statement, then write 2 paragraphs of reasons you disagree.

      See further examples in my blog for agree/disagree essays.

      Hope that helps,
      Pearl

      • Dang Khoa says:

        Thanks teacher a lot. Your helps will be useful for my test. ^_^

        • George says:

          Hello,teacher/
          Could you explain to me more about examples?Should it be a concrete example from the past or anything else?How it looks like in an essay?
          Could you give a sample where the main idea was supported by examples ?

  3. KC says:

    Hello.. Im slowly learning to write an essay and I started by writing a correct introduction. Could you please check my work. Thanks in advance.

    People have different views about requiring all the youth do voluntary works in their spare time to help both themselves and the society as a whole. However, I personally disagree on forcing them to do unpaid works.

    • Pearl says:

      Hi KC,

      Grammatically correct (notice changes in bold): People have different views about requiring all youth to do voluntary work in their spare time to help both themselves and society as a whole. However, I personally disagree with forcing them to do unpaid work.

      Take care with singular/plural (work); article use (the/no article); prepositions – disagree (with)

      If you’d like me to check a whole essay with more feedback and suggestions, check out my essay correction service Good luck with your studies!

  4. gurjit says:

    Mam please give me format of ‘ discuss both views ‘ type task 2

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