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It’s important to help your child write essays well, as it’s a life skill they’ll need for years to come.
My dad often encouraged my interest in writing by saying that I’d do well at any job I picked if I could write well.
The best students circle or highlight the main words in the question so they stay focused on what they are writing about.
Extended responses usually have a key word which directs the structure such as, ‘explain’, ‘describe’, ‘analyse’ and so on.
The body of an essay should be at least 4 to 6 paragraphs in length. Each idea should be fully explained and supported by evidence such as statistics, examples, quotes from a text or authority, or an explanation of events.
If an idea is particularly complicated it may require more than one paragraph.
Step by step, you will make it much easier for them to understand the principles of essay writing and their importance for their future practice.
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