IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model answer

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

Forests are the lungs of the earth. Destruction of the world’s forests amounts to death of the world we currently know.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

I am in consummate accord with the statement that, the earth’s natural green reserves purify its atmosphere and functions synonymously as that of the mammalian lungs. I also advocate the view that, forest destruction will ruin our present world.

Firstly, from our basic knowledge of plant physiology, it can be restated that, plants by the process of photosynthesis convert the harmful carbon-dioxide gas into oxygen, without which life cannot exist.  Thus in a wider perspective, it can be stated that, the earth’s forests purify the atmosphere and thereby help in sustaining life. Secondly, environmentalists have proven that, the rapid destruction of forests is also a leading cause of global warming. Hence, destruction of the natural green reserves may lead to such a surge in the global temperature that agricultural land may become arid, leading to wide spread famine and deaths. Thirdly, forests also house diverse forms of life and these would become extinct if we continue to destroy their natural habitats.

Furthermore, scientific research has proven that forest ecosystem act as natural scavengers and by the process of biodegradation, forest ecology helps in producing crude oil, which fuels our modern world and its unavailability is unimaginable as this will directly catalyse a global economic crisis. Finally forests are also source of numerous medicinal plants, from which varieties of modern medicines are produced; Quinine, an antimalarial drug, produced from the barks of Cinchona trees is the best possible example. Hence forest destruction will also be a bane for the medical community.

Thus the harmony of the present world will be ruined if our natural green reserves are continuously destroyed and there is a theoretical possibility that the blue planet might become lifeless if these green lungs are totally wiped out.

Total Words: 288

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence & Cohesion: 9

Lexical resources: 9

Grammar: 9

Overall Score: Band 9

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  1. MeKo 2 years ago

    Great essay!

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 2 years ago

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      • Anonymous 1 year ago

        Hello , great work,,how can I improve to this level?

  2. Anonymous 1 year ago

    Great work..

  3. Mohammad Ahmed 11 months ago

    Earth- e must be capital as it is proper noun
    “harmony of present world” and not “wonderful”

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 11 months ago

      Hi Mohammad,

      Thanks for suggesting the edits.

      The sun, moon and earth are NOT capitalised unless the word is used in an astronomical context. All planets and stars are proper nouns and start with capital letters.
      Eg. The planet Earth orbits the Sun, and the Moon orbits the Earth.

      Here’s a good link to go over the capitalisation rules.

      Similarly all chemical elements like oxygen, hydrogen etc. are also not capitalised even though they are proper nouns.

      Hope this helps.

  4. Amreen 10 months ago

    Hello i need pratices for reading section

  5. Anonymous 9 months ago

    “scientific research have proven” Is that correct? it should be (has proven)?? sorry if I’m wrong.

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 9 months ago

      Thanks for pointing out the mistake. It was most probably a typing error.

      It has been fixed now.


  6. Anonymous 8 months ago

    this kind of writing model answer is remarkable, i thought the writer is accustomed with writing task. However, after reading the model answer compare to previous one, i guess the writer is same person (judging by the logic and the use of words choice), and since i am not an english native speaker (for sure), it takes me a while to understand the meaning of some words :) . would you mind telling me which part should i pay attention in writing so that i am able to enhance my writing skill just like the writer? thank you in advance.

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 8 months ago

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  7. Muzzammil 5 days ago

    Would it affects scores adversely if I disagree with a topic such as this one? There are always two sides to everything and one can potentially argue in favor of deforestation; huge corporates and industries and proponents of globalization do this all the time. It might appear almost ‘evil’ to do so, given how politics has indoctrinated out collective consciousness on issues like these but that should not stop us from listening to the other side of the story.

    This essay was didactic, in the sense that it touched one side of the truth. Biased to the point that it did not even hint at the possibility to an alternative truth? This ‘science’ that the author keeps referring to: where is the epistemological proof that it has truth to it?

    I am perplexed at how a one-sided and preachy piece of writing that has no appreciation for nuance, which in my opinion is a form of tyranny, can achieve a band 9. Tragedic.

    • Author

      Dear Muzzammil,

      You have brought up a very good point.

      It is important to remember that IELTS is not a knowledge test… It is a language test.

      It does not matter whether you agree or disagree with the topic. Your personal opinions do not have to match the examiner’s point of view ; in fact they do not even need to be balanced.

      The question asks you – “to what extent do you agree or disagree” .. If you strongly agree with the topic then you can write the entire essay supporting just one view. Yes, it would be a highly biased essay .. but it will not affect your ability to score a Band 9.

      Alternatively, you could take a balanced position and “partially agree” with the claim statement.

      Hope this makes sense.

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