Template for Writing an explanation: Use the outline to help you plan your essay. Fill in the right hand column with your ideas. Remember your essay should have an effective introduction and conclusion. Question: Explain why the population of the world has grown so rapidly, why it is an issue and ways in which this could be solved. Key words in the question: Introductory sentence: What are you trying to explain? How Who When Why Where What points do you need to include? What are the key words, ideas or information that you will need to use to answer the question? Decide on examples to support your ideas/illustrate your point. How will you sequence your explanation? Decide how to order your ideas and choose some linking words that may be suitable. How will you end your explanation? Is there a general statement that you can make to sum up your ideas?