IELTS Writing Task 2: ‘different perspectives’ paragraph

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A nice alternative to the “firstly, secondly, finally” type of paragraph is to look at the question from different perspectives.

As an example, let’s plan some ideas for paragraph 2 from this lesson.

  1. Topic: reasons why children should read books and study historical events of their own countries
  2. The child’s perspective: young children like learning about where they live, it makes sense to them
  3. The parent’s perspective: they studied the same books and historical events, they can help their children, there is a sense of continuity across the generations, passing down knowledge
  4. Example: reading Shakespeare or learning about the Battle of Hastings in English schools
  5. The school’s perspective: a consistent curriculum of topics, clear limits to teaching scope, easy to visit key locations on school trips

We now have a good plan for a 5-sentence paragraph. If you have time, have a go at writing it!