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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

    5 star(s)

    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

    Persuasive Speech - Poverty

    5 star(s)

    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
  4. 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
  5. Marked by a teacher

    Effect of rock lyrics on behaviour

    4 star(s)

    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
  6. 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?

    4 star(s)

    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
  7. Marked by a teacher

    You can't judge a book by its cover

    4 star(s)

    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Marked by a teacher

    Discursive Essay on School Leaving Age

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    "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
  11. 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
  12. Peer reviewed

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

    5 star(s)

    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
  13. Peer reviewed

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

    5 star(s)

    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
  14. 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.

    • Word count: 475
  15. Peer reviewed

    Books are dead. Argue for or against this point of view.

    5 star(s)

    Three books, with a combined age of over a hundred year, that are still going strong. Their remainder on the curriculum is their legacy; they have survived time and are still acknowledged today, even when their author's may be deceased. In the philosophical sense of the term 'legacy', there is an intonation of immortality. Books have legacies, they are immortal: they do not go in and out of fashion, nor do they depreciate in value over time. 'How are books alive, if some do not leave a legacy?' I hear you ask. You're right, we are all too aware of the futile attempts of celebrities to 'make their mark' in the field of creative writing.

    • Word count: 743
  16. Peer reviewed

    My room 101

    5 star(s)

    The fire is now coming up the stairs like an Olympic athlete and the end feels inevitable. You will see the first fingers of the choking fumes start to creep under the door, reminiscent of the evil spirits you see in children's films, slithering and sliding through the narrow crack, searching out the waiting victim before stretching up to full height and power. The fumes are like a scout sent by the flames, preparing and clearing the path for the mighty fire. Crouching low in the farthest corner making the target appear as small as possible, legs using every ounce of strength and energy left in tired aching muscles to push the rest of the body further

    • Word count: 714
  17. Peer reviewed

    Living without a television for a week might seem awful, however, there are plenty of reasons why this could benefit you.

    4 star(s)

    Without, television I could take up a new hobby. This could be anything from a sport or learning a new instrument. This way I could be doing something instead of, just watching television. I could socialise more with my friends because normally I have no time as I am too busy watching television. We can experience new things such as taste new foods, see new sites.

    • Word count: 444
  18. Peer reviewed

    Where to explore - many undergraduates in universities will spend their summer vacations traveling to other countries. Hot choices are Europe and the U.S.A while more and more teenagers are going for the Mainland.

    4 star(s)

    Neither Europe nor the States have the same culture as we do. What we can do there is to visit the famous tourist attractions, enjoy some local cuisines at different places, talk to the residents there, and to go for some activities we can only try at specific places, like watching the Bull Games in Spain. Would it be better for us to go to the Mainland instead? Let's see.

    • Word count: 481
  19. Peer reviewed

    My Choices for Room 101

    4 star(s)

    The smiles have now hit the floor. But wait, you check your paid and displayed ticket and you are back before the expiry time...so why are you getting charged? Then you read the note... You put your parking ticket on the wrong side of the windscreen. How can there be a right and wrong side to put a paid and displayed ticket? As I said before, selfish, and the wardens get a little gold star off his boss!!So, I am sure that you will agree with me that the only way to avoid getting a parking ticket is to leave you windscreen wipers on full speed when

    • Word count: 947
  20. Peer reviewed

    Poetry. Is the banning of Carol Ann Duffys poem "education for leisure" right?

    4 star(s)

    The person seems to be generally unstable and the poem ends with the feeling that you are about to be stabbed "I touch your arm" It feels like someone is behind you and you are not anticipating them, to me it feels rather scary if you are walking along and someone a stranger maybe, comes behind you touches your arm. Mrs Schofield describes the poem as an absolutely horrendous piece of work. Knife crime has spectacularly increased since 1999. According to conservative party statistics there are five brutal knife crime attacks every week!

    • Word count: 969
  21. Peer reviewed

    Smoking. I feel that there should be laws against smoking. Right now there are laws against buying them.

    4 star(s)

    But still millions of people are smoking. I see it like this... If they put a label on a cigarette box saying "These will eventually kill you" people will still smoke it. We all know the dangers of smoking, why not put a law out to make it illegal? I think the reason people do not comprehend that smoking is so bad for you, is because they are already addicted and they don't care what it does to them. But if the law made it illegal to sell them, then many people would not have access to cigarettes.

    • Word count: 624
  22. Peer reviewed

    Woody Guthrie somewhat satirically claims that we share the land in his song, This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land however I do not believe that to be entirely true.

    4 star(s)

    But if land has to belong to a person, it should belong to the inhabitant - it should belong to someone who cares about the land itself, rather than just the profit. So, in a Grapes of Wrath context, this means that the land should belong to the tenant farmers - that the bankers shouldn't have been allowed to scoop up all the land and sell it to the poor for so much.

    • Word count: 443
  23. Peer reviewed

    We must read only non-fiction books. Agree or disagree?

    4 star(s)

    By reading fictions, I can get many benefits; it's enjoyable and entertaining, I will be able to get familiar with various cultures and communities in the world and also get flexibility in my attitudes and thoughts. Firstly of all, it is not controvertible that fiction is more interesting than non-fiction. Often times, non-fiction just provide a piece of information. There is no use of splendid languages, no beautiful expressions and what is worse; there is no sense of humor in non-fiction.

    • Word count: 465
  24. Peer reviewed

    Writing to argue against having a prom. What do we really get out of having a prom?

    4 star(s)

    Then how on earth can we fix a prom into the equation? Well, the answer is that we simply can't. We have to work as a unit to reach our goals for every single one of those crucial GCSE grades. If we have a prom at this time, in the middle of our exams, then we are putting our grades in jeopardy. There isn't any justification to do this all for just one - fun - night.

    • Word count: 563
  25. Peer reviewed

    Are Movie Stars' Weddings Too Extravagant?

    4 star(s)

    But as often as we learn of star wedding news, equally frequently are we aware that they divorce a few years - or more outrageously a few months - after marriage. I have to say I am surprised at how marriage could be as disrespected as such. I am doubly surprised at how forgetful these people are, obviously having no memory of their vows and commitments on their lavish wedding day. It is henceforth a headache think of marriage being treated as a ridiculous game.

    • Word count: 567

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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