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  • Plan your paragraphs

    Before writing an essay, you should plan how to organise your ideas. For example, if you want to write about your family, you could use a paragraph for each member of your family. Then, you could think about the things that you want to say about each person. It’s a good idea to draw a diagram before writing your text.
    Writing about my family
    Also, make sure that you use connectors to link your sentences.

    Check the word order

    When you are writing, check the word order in each sentence. Don’t forget to start your sentences with a subject + a verb, and then add other details that you want to include. The elements of an English sentence usually appear in this order: subject + verb + object + how + where + when.

    Plan your grammar

    Your text should be rich in grammar and vocabulary. Make sure that you use different grammar items that are learned in level A1. For the example essay in Exercise 1, we used grammar items such as be going to, possessive ‘s, comparative adjectives, infinitives and gerunds, etc.

    After you write a sentence, you can try to say the same thing in different words. For example, imagine you write this: “I have a brother. His name is Albert. He is a mechanic.” These sentences are OK. But you can change them and say this: “My brother’s name is Albert. He is a mechanic.” In the second sentence, we used the possessive ‘s, so the text is richer in grammar elements.

    Check your grammar

    When you write your text, make sure that your grammar is OK. Read each sentence two or three times and correct the mistakes. If you are not sure of a word or expression, don’t use it — or check how to write it correctly first.