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Meta-writing: A dissertation about “doughnuts”

The Independent Writing task of the Toefl IBT requires the candidate

talk about a topic,

say if they agree or disagree with a statement,

choose the best alternative to allocate resources.


The text should take a four or five paragraph format of an introduction, body and conclusion in no more than 300 words.

The introduction should have the thesis of the text and the body paragraphs should have a topic sentence each.  The pargraphs should provide reasons and examples to support the main idea.

The conclusion summarizes the ideas presented in the text.


With that in mind, here is a reverse task, identify

  • the thesis statement
  • a topic sentence
  • a reason and/or example
  • a conclusion

Dissertation from a 12-year-old about doughnuts


Were the kid’s ideas and arguments clear? How would you grade this work? 




Perpetuating Stereotypes


This is an integrated writing task based on the video showing part of a Russel Peters’ presentation.


 Write your answer in no more than 200 words.

A thing or two about writing

Getting straight to the point: 

  • Clarity
  • Objectivity
  • Naturalness 
  • Comprehensibility
  • informativeness
  • Simplicity
  • Effectiveness

Did you guess the WORD? Image


Independent Writing – Making decisions for your kids

#61 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Parents or adult relatives should make important decisions for their (15-18) teenage children.

Give reasons and examples to support your answer in a text of at least 300 words.

Time limit:

30 mins

Independent Writing – Agree or Disagree?

It is much easier to learn in a small class than in a large one.

Use specific examples and reasons to support your answer in 300 words.

Give yourself 30 minutes to write your answer.

You be the judge – Scoring the Independent Writing task

You be the judge!

You’re going to look at some model answers to an Independent Writing task and give a score for each.

First look at the rubric Scoring the Independent Writing Task on page 677 of the pdf version and on page 650 of the printed version. It says what is expected of a text to get a maximum score of 5 or a low score of 1.

Next, look at the exercise “Scoring the Response” on page 681 of the pdf version of the book and on page 645 of the printed version. Read Responses 1, 2 and 3.

What score, from 0 to 5, would you give for each response and why?

Independent Writing Preview task – The ability to read and write

Answer the question below in a text of AT LEAST 300 words. 

(#163) Is the ability to read and write more important today than in the past? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Important tips

  1. Use NO MORE than 30 minutes to answer the question. Paste the text in the COMMENTS box.
  2. Use the following format to structure your answer. The text should have at least 4 paragraphs:

Introduction: Say if you think the skill of reading and writing is more important today than in the past and mention the REASONS for your view (think of TWO reasons, minimum)

Paragraph 2: Talk about one of the reasons and give examples or ideas to support this reason

Paragraph 3: Talk about ANOTHER reason and give examples or ideas to support it

Conclusion: Summarize the main points you discussed in the text and restate your original view.  


What generation are you? – Independent Writing

#174 Every generation of people is different in important ways. How is your generation different from that of your parents’? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Minimum length: 300 words

Maximum time: 30 minutes

Independent Writing – The prerequisites for a political position

Should there be prerequisites for someone to occupy a democratically-elected political position? Give reasons and examples to support your answer.  Write at least 300 words. 


Here is some useful vocabulary:

  • alderman or councilor
  • to be politically-minded or politically-conscious
  • to run for a position
  • to be biased
  • to have a solid academic background
  • to have a clean record
  • not to have a shady past

Man on the Moon – Independent Writing task

Discuss the importance of the landing on the Moon in 1969 for humanity. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Consider the following points:

  • the dawn of a new era in scientific research
  • the advent and acceleration of technological devices
  • the materialization of a long sought-after dream (to venture out and explore the universe)