A complete paragraph in a Writing Task 2 essay in the IELTS exam should fulfill these requirements:
- Build a clear and concise introductory sentence: This sentence should represent the main point(s) that you will analyze further in the paragraph.
- Develop your main point(s) with supporting analyses: Examine your main point(s) with relevant reasoning.
- Show your critical thinking: You may wish to criticize and evaluate your own analyses to illustrate which side of the argument you agree more.
- Introduce at least one example: Examples can make your analysis and evaluation much more realistic, reliable and convincing.
- Create a closing sentence: This is something ideal to do but not necessary. A closing sentence basically summarizes the main point(s) raised in the paragraph but in a different way to the introductory sentence.
The length of a paragraph does not matter. It depends on the number of arguments you want to develop. However, you should make sure that there are no too long and too short paragraphs and that you divide time equally into building paragraphs.
Below you can find an example of a complete paragraph concerning the disadvantages of watching television among children:
Watching television may not be beneficial to children because of two reasons. First, television programs such as sports competitions which lack academic knowledge can fail to help children with their studies at schools. In addition, spending too much time watching television reduces the amount of time that children can study properly and revise for their exams. Second, by watching television, children may be inactive, leading to health problems such as obesity and anxiety. However, if parents encourage their kids to take part in physical exercises regularly, then this disadvantage of health problems can be successfully offset.
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