Discussion essay

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Discussion essay

  1. 1. DISCUSSION ESSAY
  2. 2. When do we write a discussion essay ? <ul><li>We write it when we want to present a balanced argument , giving points for and against a topic . We give our own opinion of at the end of the essay . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Structure <ul><li>Introductory paragraph : Write a statement that explains the topic and say that there are arguments for and against this idea. </li></ul><ul><li>Second paragraph : give the points for the topic or the advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Third paragraph : give the points against the topic or the disadvantages . </li></ul><ul><li>Last paragraph : sum up the arguments and give your conclusion </li></ul>
  4. 4. Content <ul><li>Start by writing down a list of points for and against OR advantages and disadvantages . </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the easiest points to write about and group them into paragraphs . </li></ul><ul><li>Think of facts or ideas to support your arguments . </li></ul><ul><li>Use linkers to introduce your ideas and to make additional points . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Useful language <ul><li>Starting : Many people say …/ think that …/ It is true that …/ There are many reasons for … </li></ul><ul><li>Commenting on the question : This is not an easy question ./ There isn’t a clear answer …/ We must look at both sides of the question . </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing points : Firstly , …/ Secondly , …/ On the one hand , …/ One advantage is that … </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast : On the other hand , …/ However , …/ But … </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Adding : What’s more, …/In addition , …/ Furthermore , …/ Moreover , …/ too / as well / also </li></ul><ul><li>Reason and result : This is because …/ Because …/So…/ Therefore </li></ul><ul><li>Concluding : On balance, …/In my opinion , …/In conclusion , … </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sample <ul><li>Nearly everyone thinks that they would like to be famous . However , there are also disadvanteges to being in the public eye . We must look at both sides of the question . </li></ul><ul><li>It is true that if you are famous people recognize you all the time and ask for your autograph . You belong to a special group of people and this can be fun . In addition to this , fame usually brings money . A very big advantage of being a celebrity is that you probably live in a fantastic house , drive a fast car and have holidays in wonderful places. </li></ul><ul><li>On the other hand , it is not always easy being a celebrity today . A major disadvantage is that it becomes difficult to have a private life . People come up to you in your home, on the beach , or after a late party ! What’s more, some people become obsessed with celebrities and follow them everywhere . </li></ul><ul><li>On balance, I think the life of a celebrity has disadvantages , but it also has a lot of attractions . I would like to have the opportunity to try it . </li></ul>

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