IELTS WRITING TASK 2: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT
To provide process writing practice of an essay examining more ways of developing an argument
To provide practice and review of transition words
Procedure (37-45 minutes)
- Give Ss HO1 for analyzing the question in the ask 2 of essay writing - Remind them that we always spend a few minutes thinking about what the question asks, and what the best way to answer is. - Have students read HO1 and decide if the statements are true or false - Get the feedback 1 F The question assumes that this is a fact this is not the debate.. 2 F This is not necessary. The question is about the impact of nuclear energy as an alternative. 3 T 4 T 5 F Again, this is not the debate here. The question is about the pros and cons of the alternatives to fossil fuels. 6 T It is appropriate to mention other alternatives, because the question suggests that nuclear is the only realistic alternative. However, the main focus of your answer could be the pros and cons of nuclear energy in more detail. 7 F Support your arguments with historical evidence if you know any, but just a brief comment is enough. 8 F It is good to have a clear opinion of your own on the issue, and you can organize your composition around this opinion. However, you ought to mention other views also. 9 T 10 T
- Provide the students with HO2 and ask them to examine the generated ideas and decide whether they are for or against it. - Give Ss 3 minutes to decide and then put them in pairs to check their ideas - Get feedback Answer: For A, C, E, G, J, K, M Against B, D, F, H, I, L, N
- Give students HO3 to complete paragraphs for and against the nuclear energy as an alternative source - time the activity 4 minutes -Put Ss in pairs to check their ideas - get the feedback Answers: a) 1 First of all 2 Secondly 3 Instead 4 As a result 5 Furthermore 6 Finally b) 1 for instance 2 while 3 moreover 4 causing 5 despite 6 more importantly
- Give Ss HO4 which contains a question for practice. -Ask Ss to read the example question below twice to make sure you know what it is asking (and isn’t asking). - Put students in pairs to brainstorm ideas and opinions and organize them into a ‘for’ and ‘against’ list - Get feedback - Have Ss help each other decide how to structure the essay. Make a paragraph plan. - Ask students to write the first paragraph of the essay. If time allowed giving feedback on their first draft in the introduction. - Assign the essay to Ss to complete the essay and submit it online.