Revision 11.1 Writing to argue
1) Make ‘for’ and ‘against’ grid.
2) Brainstorm in note form 2-5 ideas for each.
3) Indicate:
– a rough order in which you might write the points
– which points you might combine in same paragraph
– which point might be your main focus.

Example Question:
Write an essay in which you argue either for or against the idea that the state should look after old people.

For Against
Morally right – older raised the young Survival of the fittest
Older people have wisdom and ground the younger generation Some old people can afford to pay for being looked after if they had mortgage
Paid already in taxes and National Insurance Discourages younger generation to look after old
Younger generation required to move to find employment: can’t look after parents Care homes provide poor care – terrible pay
People living longer deserve better retirement Country simply can’t afford to look after all older people

Question 1
Write an article for a magazine aimed at parents. Argue the case for or against teenage children being allowed to have a television in their bedroom to watch whatever they like, whenever they like.

For having a TV Against having a TV
 

1) Make ‘for’ and ‘against’ grid.
2) Brainstorm in note form 2-5 ideas for each.
3) Indicate:
– a rough order in which you might write the points
– which points you might combine in same paragraph
– which point might be your main focus.

Question 2

The world would be a happier and better place if cars / tobacco / television / computers, etc. (you choose a topic) had never existed. Write an article to your year group in which you argue either for or against this proposition.

1) Make ‘for’ and ‘against’ grid.
2) Brainstorm in note form 2-5 ideas for each.
3) Indicate:
– a rough order in which you might write the points
– which points you might combine in same paragraph
– which point might be your main focus.