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    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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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    Argumentative Writing - Are we too dependent on computers?

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    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?

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    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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    I have chosen to discuss the RSPCA: CCTV for all UK abattoirs and the Defra article transporting animals during hot weather.

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    The difference in between the two texts is that the RSPCA's subheading let the reader be aware of what they are going to read, for example when it says 'freedom food hopes to make this mandatory' as a subheading the reader can assume that the writer is going to talk about why they want this rule. The subheadings are like sign post which tell the reader what the text is going to state next, however as I mentioned before the Defra article's subheading just tells the reader what to read and what not to read.

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    Arguing against the Death penalty.

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    This was ignored and in February 2004 he was killed. This is why the death penalty should not exist. We do not know exactly how many people have been given the death sentence when they are innocent because investigations do not usually go on after someone has died of capital punishment. Many people hold the view that those people facing the death penalty deserve to die and it is in the interest of the public that those people should not have contact with innocent citizens.

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    Argue, Persuage and Advise Essay

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    These excuses range from a lack of ink in a printer to an internet failure. We are extremely fortunate to have a reliable printer and internet connection at this school; however, we do not currently make full advantage of these facilities. I propose to keep the school open for 5 hours during the evening, this way many students could choose to remain at school for a few hours to complete their studies before returning home to relax. There are many distractions at home, causing students to be unable to complete homework.

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    Pressures on Teenagers.

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    If today's adult population were put in our situation I think that probably exactly the same amount of people would take drugs as we do now. They say that drugs have been on the rise since the 60's but that's because it was never available as freely as it is now. My next topic that I'm going to look at is smoking. Smoking is a difficult one because definitely all teens have been offered cigarettes but how many actually do it regularly well I'd say about 2/5's smoke regularly now you have to ask yourself why do so many smoke?

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  13. Should the use of cannabis be legalised?

    The supply and possession of cannabis is illegal in the UK and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Even though the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, recently down-graded from cannabis from a 'Class B' drug to a 'Class C' drug. Some people believe that the legalisation of cannabis would lead to an increase in the usage of the drug among young people. They argue that if cannabis was legal, it would be easier to obtain and therefore more tempting to try. The graph above shows the percentage of cannabis use of young people around the UK in 2002.

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  14. My purpose today is talk about Joseph Kony and Kony 2012 and raise the awareness about the child army and child kidnap. This presentation will hopefully give you more ideas for this discussion this afternoon.

    Therefore, the US has been involved in stopping him for years. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has sent multiple missions to capture or kill Kony over the years. And they've failed time and time again, each provoking a ferocious response and increased retaliative slaughter. The issue with taking out a man who uses a child army is that his bodyguards are children. Any effort to capture or kill him will almost certainly result in many children's deaths, an impact that needs to be minimized as much as possible.

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  15. Marijuana Article Rhetorical Analysis. Why I Support Legal Marijuana, by George Soros

    "Why I Support Legal Marijuana" portrays the legalization of marijuana as a patriotic act because it repeals unfairly enacted laws that target a specific race. Mr. Soros uses patriotism by saying that legalizing marijuana will "lead the nation" (par. 9) with its progressive nature because it is following the values of equality and nondiscrimination. This is also the use of pathos for appealing to our sense of justice. Although Mr. Soros is active politically, he is not an expert in the field of drug use and criminal prosecution of drug users because he obviously does not understand that the young people of this nation will quit using marijuana one by one through drug education.

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  16. Should we bring back capital punishment?

    So why are people against it? Why not give a death penalty to someone who has inflicted death onto another? The main reason for stating 'NO,' is that innocent people can sometimes be found guilty, thus enforcing a painful death to one who does not deserve it. Juries can make mistakes, after all they are just citizens like you and me. Would we, the public, really want this over our heads for the rest of our lives? To make a decision as harsh as Capital Punishment only to find that weeks, months, years later, new evidence is brought forward only to find that the person we committed was never the guilty party.

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  17. RSPCA letter. The medium of print advertising the RSPCA has chosen for this campaign is very effective because it shows the reader that the money they donate will go towards caring for the animals and not into creating an amazing poster with an expensive

    The medium of print advertising the RSPCA has chosen for this campaign is very effective because it shows the reader that the money they donate will go towards caring for the animals and not into creating an amazing poster with an expensive celebrity on it. The lack of colour on the leaflets inside also does this, but it also makes the logo stand out more and furthermore it has a depressing feel to it making people feel more upset for the animals so they are more likely to donate.

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  18. What is the American Dream?

    That is why thousands of young people pass various tests to become an exchange student and to study in "the land of dreams and opportunities". Freedom Support Act, Soros Centre, Accels invite students to apply their knowledge and to win the chance to "touch" the American Dream. One of the reasons for such popularity of the American education is credit system. Nowadays it is practiced in many European and Asian countries; therefore students can try this system of education in their homelands without spending big money for studying abroad.

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  19. Why the smoking ban shouldnt be revoked

    Knights describes us like "a nation of adult babies" but the government has to make laws in order to manage us as the normal human being is not capable of total independence. Social life is a subject that Knights has analysed a great deal within her article, saying how the smoking ban has affected it negatively. She states that "half the restaurant got up and went outside while the other half sat about twiddling their fingers and looking fed up."

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  20. Slumdog Millionaire: Raising awareness or poverty porn? Danny Boyles film is Gathering awards, but is it wrong to indulge in the misery of Indias children?

    working his way through the questions on Who wants to be a millionaire?. Slumdog Millionaire is about children, and is set not in the west but in the slums of the Third World. As the film revels in violence degradation and horror, it invites you, the Westener, to enjoy it too, will they find it such fun in mumbai? While the film is resolute in its portrayal of urban poverty, Boyle is also careful to acknowledge the vibrance and energy of the ghetto, which led many to accuse him of producing poverty porn.

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  21. Creationism vs. Evolution, my reading and views.

    and in primary school, it wasn't talked about at all. My father is what my mother likes to call a "holy roller": he is a starch Fundamentalist Christian and a Young-Earth Creationist who believes that the bible is fact and not to be interpreted in any way other than literally. I can remember him talking about the evils of evolution and how it was impossible for monkeys to still exist if we evolved from them. He said that the evolutionary theory was just that: a theory and not fact like the bible. My father is an extremely intelligent man who reads and researches his beliefs but he is blindly religious.

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  22. Fireworks should not be banned

    If they were to do a quick browse of the internet they would find multiple articles on how to keep their pets calm when the skies lights up at night. With a though through plan, you can enjoy the excitement of the 5th of November knowing that your pet is safe, sound, and enjoying a little peace and quiet". Cindy is one of many who joins that fight agaist fireworks. People that support the ban say that fireworks are overly dangerous and people are getting hurt all over.

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  23. Planning a Campaign. Our campaign is to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7. We plan to launch questionnaires, online petitions and have meetings with governors. We chose questionnaires because we can back up what we think with evidence when confronting the

    , therefore we chose the issue of upgrading the school computers to windows 7. We think our issue is a good campaign as students have contacted us and tell us it's a 'worthwhile campaign'. We have contacted the school technicians and they told us: "We are thinking about upgrading the school computers/networks. However various software might not work on the upgrade and it could cost a lot of money, but we will definitely upgrade the computers within 3 years." This is optimistic feedback for us, as there will be a definite change within three years.

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  24. Spoken Language. Reflect on some aspects of your own personal talk (idiolect) Including perhaps some criticisms made of it by adults

    Whilst I was growing up, TV was big influence on me and it still is today as it is portrayed in American programmes such as family guy and jersey shore etc, these particularly use slang words like "shawty and dude". This has had an impact on my idiolect as changing my accent and vocabulary is my own way to achieve this. It is also my way of converging to what everyone believes to be socially accepted. My family has had the hugest/largest impact on my idiolect.

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  25. Persuasive writing. This is a speech to be spoken by the former president of India Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam during his visit to a local government school in Mumbai. He intends to interact with 13-16 year olds about distractions in their day to day life and to

    I too have experienced speeches when I was as young as all of you, I also found them dreary. It was not until I grew up that I realised the importance of a speech; it is an easy way of communicating with a large audience. So, do not worry I will keep this short. But let me remind you that I have come here for a reason; a very important reason that I want to discuss with you all. I have come here to talk to all of you about how most of your time is wasted in unnecessary distractions and how academics is falling down the priority ladder for most of you.

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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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