In the previous lessons, we used a diagram as an example in order to show you the strategy we follow for A. Writing Task 1. The logic you follow is the same for every type of task you will be given, but let’s check out a graph in this lesson!
1.) First of all, we read the topic and we underline key-words. Then, we carefully read the graph. As always, the first paragraph is going to be our introduction where we will paraphrase the topic. Nothing more, nothing less. The underlined key-words will guide us with that. If you need extra help on this, you can read this lesson here.
2.) Now in our second paragraph, we’re going to select and report the main features; what we can see in the graph. Nothing complicated. So, in this case, what can we see? At 6 ‘o clock in the morning the consumption is quite low. Then, as time goes by, the consumption steadily increases and reaches its peak at 8 ‘o clock in the morning. While we reach noon, the consumption drops again and as we move on to the evening hours, the consumption has dropped significantly. The easy thing here is that both New York and Chicago follow the same trends. The only difference is that New York is constantly higher and of course we should note that in our essay.These are the main points we need to refer to in this paragraph and this is how we read a graph.
3.) In our third paragraph, we can compare this consumption and we can give some explanations where necessary. For example, the first obvious comparison we can make is the fact that the coffee consumption is much greater in the morning than in the afternoon when it significantly drops. The obvious explanation is that the majority of people drink coffee in the morning before they go to work. These are the kind of comparisons we make in the third paragraph.
For extra clarifications, you can watch the video lesson!