Last week I showed you the following 'mental picture' of a task 2 essay:
Here's what I was trying to represent:
- There are 13 coloured lines to represent 13 sentences.
- The white spaces separate the 4 paragraphs (2, 5, 5 1 sentence structure).
- The purple lines are my 'essay skeleton': introduction, main paragraph topic sentences, conclusion.
- The grey lines indicate a 'one idea' paragraph. The topic sentence is followed by 4 sentences that develop the same central idea.
- Paragraph 3 could be a 'Firstly, Secondly, Finally' paragraph. The orange lines represent the first idea and perhaps an example or further explanation. The blue line will be a second supporting idea, and the green line is the final point.
This is the basic 'blueprint' that I have in my head when I'm writing an essay. It really helps to have a clear mental image like this. Otherwise it's like travelling without a map; who knows where you'll end up!