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GCSE: Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise

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  1. Marked by a teacher

    Write an essay to be published on your school website about this dilemma with reference to one experience you had when using the Internet. Discuss what should be made public and what should remain private,

    5 star(s)

    The painful experience I had last month is going to be a life-long nightmare of mine. Living in the contemporary world, my friends and I often go online and access Internet blogs to put down our so-called thoughts and bits of our lives. I thought that it was a good way to share our happiness with others and, knowing that unscrupulous people were everywhere, I did set up passwords for my blog so that only those allowed by me could read my words and photos.

    • Word count: 739
  2. Marked by a teacher

    All people have a right to their own opinions but not the right to force them upon others

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    Due to this they feel compelled to get everyone else to agree with them. They start running around, forcing their views and opinions onto others, forcing them to join their faction of thought. But I strongly believe that all people have a right to their own opinions but not the right to force them upon others. They imagine a situation and instead of leaving it up to individuals to decide on their action, they want to legislate to force what they see as the right option on other people, thereby depriving others of their freedom of thought.

    • Word count: 544
  3. Marked by a teacher

    Write a letter to a headteacher persuading him/her that all students should take part in at least one hour's physical activity every day.

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    Sapped of energy, drained and tired, many pupils feel dreadful after 3rd period because their brain has been working so hard. Stress is a challenging factor which youths have to face mainly due to education, therefore to overcome this problem it is imperative that we have one hour's physical challenge to de-stress.

    • Word count: 402
  4. Marked by a teacher

    Don't get me started on... Bullying

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    Users say and do things they would never do in public or real life. Did you know that over 58% of adolescents and teenagers have been bullied? And around the same number have been engaged in cyber bullying? Did you know that more than 1 in 3 young people have been threatened online? Whether it is an empty threat or a violent threat, it's still a threat. Cyber bullying leads to people having low self esteem and a damaged view of the way they see themselves. Those people who are subject to such cyber bullying are up to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than those who haven't experienced it.

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  5. Marked by a teacher

    Persuasive Speech - Poverty

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    We must save lives. Shockingly, a child dies every three seconds from AIDS and severe starvation. I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that this infant mortality rate is unacceptably high. Something must be done in order to help countless families escape the famine pandemic. Unsurprisingly, there is sufficient food in the world to cater for everyone's needs. So why do so many find themselves ensnared by extreme poverty? Millions of people worldwide are trapped on an incessant downward spiral, frenetically fighting for food, education...and their lives. These people lack money; they are unable to purchase enough food to nourish themselves and their families.

    • Word count: 621
  6. Marked by a teacher

    Neighbors are the people who live near us. In our opinion, what are the qualities of a good neighbor? Use specific details and examples in your answer.

    4 star(s)

    To begin with, the foremost attribute that a good neighbor should possess is tranquility. Some people have a peculiar tendency of singing vociferously and playing instruments during the hours of darkness. For instance, I once had a neighbor whose hobby was to listen to the hard rock music in the middle of the night, turning the volume as high as he could. As a student, I had a bunch of assignments I had to complete that night, but due to his irksome disturbance, I couldn't concentrate on my work.

    • Word count: 571
  7. Marked by a teacher

    Notes for a speech on tattoos.

    4 star(s)

    (Preview) Transition: First we are going to look at what a tattoo is. Body (Tell them) I. What is a tattoo? A. A tattoo is a puncture wound, made deep in your skin, that's filled with ink. It's made by penetrating your skin with a needle and injecting ink into the area, usually creating some sort of design. What makes tattoos so long-lasting is they're so deep - the ink isn't injected into the epidermis (the top layer of skin that you continue to produce and shed throughout your lifetime). Instead, the ink is injected into the dermis, which is the second, deeper layer of skin.

    • Word count: 679
  8. Marked by a teacher

    Effect of rock lyrics on behaviour

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    Lyrics have become more explicit in their references to violence over the years, particularly in certain genres like rock. They have particularly harsh effect on the behaviour and usually on certain attributes like aggression. There have been many researches on this issue which all point to the same result. People, especially adolescents listening to rock culture are likely to be more aggressive and quick-tempered. They may also have an ego problem.

    • Word count: 412
  9. Marked by a teacher

    Is dating a truly necessary part of growing up for a teenager? Do you want a teenager to suffer through heart breaks, relationship problems and physical or mental damage?

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    Then what is the logic of looking for a soul mate in the teenage years? Why do teenagers need to date if they are not mature enough to understand what love is and if they don't know who the perfect boy or girl is? Furthermore, most youngsters only date a person because of their appearance or reputation; this is why 99 percent of them end up getting emotionally hurt. When teenagers date it disturbs their education, they get no work done and end up failing school!

    • Word count: 618
  10. Marked by a teacher

    Letter to the editor

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    By writing this, he is saying that people who are murderous deserve sympathy; excluded, bullied and lost are all sympathetic words and he has connected by association to the word murderous. Of doing this, is he saying that murderers who have cold heartedly murdered so many innocents children deserve to be sympathized and they are the real victims of the whole tragic event? In paragraph 14, Johaan Hari wrote that "no amount of physical or verbal abuse, it scarcely needs pointing out, can justify a programme of mass murder."

    • Word count: 1072
  11. Marked by a teacher

    You can't judge a book by its cover

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    People tend to believe that if the exterior looks flawless, what is inside should definitely be perfect. Women, in particular go to the extreme. In the recent years, cosmetic and beauty products, for example, have become the best sellers among the market. Why is this so? With a large variety of products surfacing, from whitening products to anti-aging products, women become attracted to these goods, and because of all the propaganda and commercial used, they believe that these products would be able to alter them to look like the 'perfect' and 'skinny, well built' models. With so much commercial on the internet and the television, it is inevitable that we are constantly triggered with these thoughts that we have to aim for perfection, not just for self satisfaction, but to attract other's attention.

    • Word count: 936
  12. Marked by a teacher

    media coursework- comparing two movie posters

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    Also, the glowing shimmer of the writing can be associated with metal, it can also be used to imply strength, as metal is a strong substance and can also used to make weapons this also linking it to the film. As both of these points leading to war and fighting which is often found in action films. Another example of typography could be in 'Ratatouille'. The title of the film is in bold, clear, capital letters, on a dark blue board with also a golden boarder around it.

    • Word count: 1426
  13. Marked by a teacher

    Animal Farm - Six Steps To Power

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    Sometimes, they got less rations anyway - they were only the muscle, remember I was the brains. Indoctrinate them when they're young - but keep the adults ignorant When the puppies, Jessie and Bluebell, were born I took them outside and personally educated them. I taught them all about the Rebellion, my position on the farm, and how I took the lead role. I needed a "secret police" to enforce my leadership, and these dogs were perfect. For months I trained and taught these dogs to enforce the rules set upon the animals to keep the farm running smoothly.

    • Word count: 1208
  14. Marked by a teacher

    Internet Essay- The Internet is the Greatest Invention of Mankind- Discuss

    4 star(s)

    There are many upsides to the Internet. It can be used for banking, for buying products, for helping with revision, for providing information, directions, communication, education, news broadcasts and listening to music. Undoubtedly, it has provided many people with new business opportunities. The Internet has helped many people and since its invention, the Internet has become a household necessity. Over the period of April-June 2003 and estimated 12 million households in the UK could access the Internet from home. The Internet has seen the launch of many businesses, and advertising campaigns.

    • Word count: 1083
  15. Marked by a teacher

    Should animals be used for scientific research?

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    Despite the notorious publicity that animal testing possess, I think that its advantages overweight its disadvantages. Animal testing had contributed to the genesis of vaccines for numerous diseases such as malaria, TB, polio, asthma...etc and consequently saved millions of lives. In addition, many critics argue that animal testing is cruel. I think that this is untrue as nearly 93% of tests on animals are under the influence on painkillers or other types of depressants to abate, if not completely eliminate the pain that these animals would feel in normal circumstances.

    • Word count: 476
  16. Marked by a teacher

    Don't get me started on smoking! My one wish is that the people I know who smoke would listen to my advice, but it seems like the drug nicotine has affected their eyes and dulled their senses

    3 star(s)

    I do not care if it is free, but I do not want your second hand smoke! The stench is revolting; having it following me everywhere I go. Why do people have the need to smoke? All it does is lead to cancer, and death following unless you are lucky enough to dodge it. Although people manage to get out of this life threatening disease, they still seem to think "Oh who cares! Pass me your lighter," and yes, they do decide to carry on with the filthy habit.

    • Word count: 643
  17. Marked by a teacher

    Starbucks vrs Dunkin

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    Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are constantly trying to make more products. Every time a store puts out a new product, the other one has to come up with something better. Starbucks was the first coffee shop to put out frozen drinks (associatedcontent.com). Dunkin Donuts realized how popular the frozen drinks were, so the industry made up frozen drinks as well, such as iced coffees, coolattas, and smoothies to stay in the game. Dunkin' Donuts started taking costumers away from Starbucks by making their prices lower. Many people think that Starbucks is expensive, so D and D jumped on the opportunity, and stole those costumers. Also Dunkin' has bigger sizes than Starbucks.

    • Word count: 895
  18. Marked by a teacher

    Discursive Essay on School Leaving Age

    3 star(s)

    "If they do not want to be there it may impact on the education of pupils who do want to learn." - (International Debate Education Association (I.D.E.A.)) However, pupils disrupting classes is not a new problem. Teachers are more than capable of dealing with children who misbehave. Furthermore as young adults progress through life they mature regardless of whether they are in full time education or not. The discipline involved with full time education will in fact improve the behaviour of the future generation.

    • Word count: 922
  19. Marked by a teacher

    Argumentative Writing - Are we too dependent on computers?

    3 star(s)

    The main question now lies in whether we are all too dependent on computers. Whether we are adults, teenagers, elderlies or even children, everyone seem to be almost obsessed with or so indulged in the functions modern day technology provides us with that it is becoming a culture the new generation is bringing. Should this change? How much more evidence is needed except to know that most people spend atleast 48% of their time on a screen and that, yes, we are addicted?

    • Word count: 1096
  20. Peer reviewed

    In Multicultural Britain, people from different cultures should not try to live separate lives

    5 star(s)

    This essay will be addressing whether people from different cultures should try to live separately or not. People from different cultures should not try to live separate lives as this could lead to racial segregation, misunderstanding and conflict among societies. Those who live in 'parallel communities' are only in contact with their own culture and 'kind' and so live separate lives to others in the surrounding areas. This separation can cause misunderstanding to breed which could lead to hatred and unnecessary conflict.

    • Word count: 429
  21. Peer reviewed

    Kay Hymowitzs article Where have the Good Men Gone? that has been posted on the Wallstreet Journal caught many of the readers attention, regarding its rather myopic and exaggerated point of view towards the average American men after t

    5 star(s)

    Klausner says that "guys talk about 'Star Wars' ... a guy's idea of a perfect night is to hang around the PlayStation". Although I somewhat agree with the comedian's point here, she fails to distinguish the differences between 'addiction' and 'hobby'. She simply criticizes men who play PlayStation to be immature - one's hobbies and interests do not determine his level of maturity. Why are females criticizing the males for playing too much PlayStation? Surely there are many hobbies that women enjoy which men don't. Furthermore, Hymowitz's effort to show her point of view to be in fallible, by referring to the opinions of others, in fact diminishes the coherence of her argument.

    • Word count: 1008
  22. Peer reviewed

    Dear editor of Sugar magazine. Do you know what affect your magazine is having on teenage girls? Are you aware of the consequences?

    5 star(s)

    Therefore I thought it was my duty to bring this to your attention. Nevertheless, I must admire and commend your choice of colours used for the cover of the magazine. As pink is a popular colour that girls generally like and it is very bright I feel it was very successful to choose this colour scheme. Additionally, this was the reason for me taking interest into your magazine. As well as the great colour scheme, the masthead of the magazine is very suitable and memorisable.

    • Word count: 1888
  23. Peer reviewed

    English Speech - Don't get me started on...Women who are obsessed with appearance.

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    Not only are these women destroying the natural structure that God has given them, but they are also showing everyone around them that they are so less confident in who they really are that they are adopting the appearance of someone else. Today, the cosmetics industry is one of the largest in the United States and the UK. In 2004 a staggering $12.4 billion was spent on cosmetics, an amount of money that is 33% larger than the amount needed each year.

    • Word count: 829
  24. Peer reviewed

    A Person has the Choice to end their Life when they Wish - Discuss

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    As in the majority of nations, Euthanasia is illegal, and in this country punishable by 14 years imprisonment. Unlike suicide, Euthanasia is the act putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful disease, or condition3. However slightly bizarrely, suicide is not a criminal offence under the Suicide Act 1961. And even more unusually, it is possible to apply to court to be allowed to 'die with dignity', seen by many as a legal way to be euthanized.

    • Word count: 861
  25. Peer reviewed

    Surveillance in modern society

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    First of all, one can notice several measures that have been realized to increase national security in recent years. For example, biometric data - such as facial characteristics - is recorded on a chip in our passports (Moreover, politicians think of fingerprints being stored as well). New activities like scans of license plates are used to spot criminals. Additionally, people are monitored by cameras or wiretapping more often than ever before. While the Ministry of the Interior likes to expand its actions, Data protectionists strive for restricting surveillance.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare the way a current affairs issue is reported in a tabloid and a broadsheet. The articles explore events surrounding two teenagers who have been stabbed.

    "To conclude, I have come to a final decision that the tabloid article shows the full horror of the tragedy because the information in the tabloid gets right to the point about what's happened. The information about the tragedy is a lot clearer in the tabloid because it is much more graphic and is also easier to understand. The powerful headings, subheadings and words make the articles very effective. The most powerful parts of the tabloid is where it talks about how brutal the murder of Shakilus Townsend was, also in the tabloid it tells you about facts and figures which tell you about what's happening with knife and how bad the situation is getting in London, this makes the article more powerful. Whereas the in-depth information in the broadsheet article will make people lose interest quickly because most typical British readers don't want to go deep into the story. So on balance I think that the tabloid article is the best and most powerful article because I think it is much easier to read and much easier to keep interest in. 1,214 words"

  • How free are we in the UK and how does our freedom compare to other people around the world?

    "In conclusion, all of us in England are very lucky to have the right of freedom even though we have some things we are not allowed to say and do we are a very free country. We are trying our hardest to help others in the situation of not having the same human rights. Compared to countries like India, Africa and china we are very lucky to have the right of movement, freedom of speech and the right to life. If we wish to help others in these countries we can give money to charity and maybe even join a group of people who support others around the world. If we join amnesty and send one letter that one letter will give someone who is less fortunate than us to get a bed to sleep on. The other organisations like liberty and Greenpeace have many different ways to help people in other places like Guantanamo get better lives by protesting and spreading news of what these people are going through."

  • Internet Essay- The Internet is the Greatest Invention of Mankind- Discuss

    "But, we are forgetting (In my opinion) the most important invention of all, and that is electricity. Without electricity, we would not have many of these other inventions such as the telephone, and more importantly the Internet. Undoubtedly, the Internet provides many people with a living, it provides millions of people each day with means of communication, and means of purchasing products, but, I do not think that the Internet is the greatest invention of mankind, nor do I think that it comes close; there are other far more beneficial inventions, such as the wheel, the telephone, and, of course, electricity. I believe that the Internet is a great invention, with upsides and downsides, but I believe it never was and never will be the greatest. Lily Kim Sing"

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