6.1.2 Advice on organising your writing

  • Look at paragraphs carefully when you read texts and notice how the writer has organised them. They should start with a sentence that ‘signposts’ the main topic, with all other sentences leading on from this.

  • Experienced writers use linking words and phrases to organise their argument.

  • Note them in texts you read and practise using them in your writing to help it ‘hang together’.

  • Find the linking words used in the above exercise – and others you can think of in a thesaurus (a book listing synonyms – words of similar meaning) and make your own list of useful linking words.

Now go to Step 7 Self-assessment exercises: using appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

6.1.1 Self-assessment