How to Write an IELTS Task 2 Body Paragraph

Body paragraphs will contain the main discussion of your essay. Likewise Task 1,  there should be two body paragraphs in a Task 2 essay as well. Each paragraph will consist a topic sentence. This topic sentence will be the first sentence of the paragraph. The rest of the paragraph will explain the topic sentence with supportive logic and examples. In fact, this is the basic criterion of a standard discussion paragraph. 

We are assuming that you have already spent 10 minutes for planing the essay. You have also come across how to write a great introduction. If you haven't already, we recommend you check the articles nowThey will give a boost to your confidence.

Having done with the planing and the introduction parts, you should be prepared to extend the major points in the body paragraphs.

However, we have developed the easiest and most effective structure for IELTS Task 2 essay writing. If you haven't gone through that article yet, we strongly suggest you check it now. It will pay off, we guarantee.

Magic Structure of Body Paragraphs

Just write 8 sentences. Your IELTS Task 2 body paragraphs are complete!!! It is that simple. This is our magic technique. It's very easy to remember and execute in exam. The paragraph structures are as follows:

 

Body Paragraph 1

Sentence 1: Topic Sentence

Sentence 2: Explain the Topic Sentence

Sentence 3: Present logic / supportive example for the Topic Sentence

Sentence 4: Give an example or a concluding sentence

Body Paragraph 2

Sentence 1: Topic Sentence

Sentence 2: Explain the Topic Sentence

Sentence 3: Present logic / supportive example for the Topic Sentence

Sentence 4: Give an example or a concluding sentence

How to Write a Topic Sentence

You might be thinking what would be your topic sentence, how to construct it. Don't panic. It's pretty simple. Just state the major points that you want to discuss about. These points are the topic sentences. Take a look at our example question below, and try to think what could be your topic sentences:

"Reading books keeps a person’s mind active, whereas watching films and television is passive and does not require people to use their imagination. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?"

You are asked to take your position whether you agree or disagree with this statement.

Now you know what you need to do. If you disagree, you should state standard two major points why you disagree. The same for the other ways around. Remember, just stating is not enough, you need to explain your point with logic and a supportive example. The two major features of the above-stated question might be as follows:

  1. Reading is the best mode of nurturing the power of imagination.

  2. Reading a book leads us through real knowledge and vicarious experience.

The feature 1 will be the topic sentence in the body paragraph 1, and the feature 2 will be the topic sentence in the body paragraph 2. 

After writing a topic sentence,

  • you need to explain it in the second sentence.

  • Present your logic and appropriate example in the remaining sentences.

Let's see how we can apply this amazing strategy step by step addressing the question stated above:

Constructing Body Paragraph 1

In the discussion above, we have already mentioned two major features. Those two features will be our topic sentences in the two body paragraphs respectively. Let's jump to form the paragraphs:

Sentence 1 (Topic Sentence)

"Reading is the best mode of nurturing the power of imagination."

 

Topic sentence is complete. Now, you are required to add another sentence that explains the topic sentence. Remember, don't write anything new in this sentence. Use this sentence just for explaining the previous sentence as below:

Sentence 2 (Explain the Topic Sentence)

"When people read a story, they tend to visualize the settings and the characters involved in it.

You've just explained the topic sentence. Now it's time to present your logic supporting the two sentences above. 

Sentence 3 (Present logic / example for the Topic Sentence)

"For instance, most of the avid reader of Harry Potter novel series got extremely disappointed when they watched its film series afterwards, because the way they drew the pictures in their imagination were much deeper than that of the films."

Awesome!!! You are almost done with the paragraph. Let's just give a concluding sentence for the discussion in this paragraph.

Sentence 4 (Give an example or a concluding sentence)

"This is how books keep people’s thought power more active which eventually helps them in real life in terms of idea generation."

The Complete Body Paragraph 1

Reading is the best mode of nurturing the power of imagination. When people read a story, they tend to visualize the settings and the characters involved in it. The deeper they dive into the story, the more their imaginations branch out accordingly. For instance, most of the avid reader of Harry Potter novel series got extremely disappointed when they watched its film series afterwards, because the way they drew the pictures in their imagination were much deeper than that of the films. This is how books keep people’s thought power more active which eventually helps them in real life in terms of idea generation.

Constructing Body Paragraph 2

Likewise the Body Paragraph 1, let's form the Body Paragraph 2.

Sentence 1(Topic Sentence 2)

"In addition, reading a book leads us through real knowledge and vicarious experience, whereas a TV or film simply gives a transient entertainment or emotion."

Sentence 2(Explain the Topic Sentence)

Presentation of this contrast remains incomplete without the words of Groucho Marx "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

Sentence 3(Present logic / example for the Topic Sentence)

"Though it might turn into a different scenario if many countries are affected together, still the global information sharing for the causes can prevent the worse."

Sentence 4(Give an example or a concluding sentence)

"For example, most of the countries across the world rapidly shared information on corona virus infection, which helped other nations take necessary precautionary measures for themselves and supportive measures for the affected ones."

The Complete Body Paragraph 2

In addition, reading a book leads us through real knowledge and vicarious experience, whereas a TV or film simply gives a transient entertainment or emotion. Presentation of this contrast remains incomplete without the words of Groucho Marx “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Furthermore, experiments show that people feel tired after many hours of reading, but they do not experience the same in case of watching television, indicating that brainwave activity during reading is more active than that of the other way around.

Prepare for a band 7/8/9 writing

You know there are different structures to answer different types of questions. For instance, if you respond to an opinion essay question, definitely it needs to be written in a different way than that of a problem-solution essay question. Likewise, response to a single pie chart question will be surely different from the answer of a multiple graph question. Also, a map description will be obviously different from a data table discussion. When it comes to a letter writing, you must apply the appropriate formats for different types of informal, semi formal and formal letters. 

In addition to the proper writing structures, your choice of words is also very important, because if you cannot use right vocabulary and expressions, you will fail to convey your intended message to the examiner, and eventually will lose marks for Task Achievement, one of the four marking criteria.

 

Meanwhile, just answering the specific question and using contextual words are not enough, your response needs to be presented in such an organised way that it can give a coherent message to the examiner. To do this, you have to use cohesive devices very carefully, otherwise it will be like, you have constructed a strong building with the finest ingredients (bricks, cement, ceramics etc.), but the building is not liveable, as the doors, windows etc. are not placed properly.

Moreover, just giving an organised clear response is not enough, your sentences have to be free from grammatical errors, otherwise all the hard work will be of no avail. Therefore, if you want to secure a 7+ band score in IELTS Writing, you must confirm that at least 70% of your sentences are free from grammatical errors.

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