February 2018 - Writing a Task 1 Overview
The line graph shows the past and projected finances for a local authority in New Zealand.
One of the most important things about the Academic Task 1, be it a process diagram, map, graph, bar chart or table, is to write an overview. ***
In the marking system, if you don't have an overview, your score for Task Achievement will be limited to a band 5. That of course could significantly reduce your overall writing band score.
An overview could appear near the beginning, at the end as a conclusion, or even as topic sentences. I tend to advise students to do it at the beginning.
The overview is described in this lesson about how to describe a graph if you want to learn more.
In this practice exercise, I want you to take a look at the above graph, and write your own overview (not a response to the whole graph, just the overview).
If you want you can post it in the comments box below.
On Friday I'll then choose some of the best ones and point out if there are problems with any. There is not one specific answer - often there are several things you could choose so answers will likely vary.
Of the answers given below, one of the best overviews is this one (corrected for grammar):Overall, it can be seen that the rate of revenue and user charges had an increasing trend from 2012 to 2022, whereas the other two show a fluctuating trend throughout the given period.
It describes the main trends occurring over the period.
An overview though must describe the main trends. These two are wrong as they introduce what the graph is about, they don't give an overview:Overall, The graph describes historic behaviour and a futurist tendency of the finances for a local authority in New Zealand.
The line graph compares the past and projected finances, allotted at different rates for a local authority in New Zealand within a period of eleven years.