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    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
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    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
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    Life without IT

    4 star(s)

    Humph! You just don't know how much fun you are missin'..." My, my, here we go again. What did I say about those "when I was a lil' boy" stories! Come on dad! You're so old school! Seriously dad, how can you possibly live without information technology? Now it's considered a basic necessity to have emails and websites, and be able to call, text and access anyone and anything at all times. Imagine how desperate you would be if you deliberately left the house without any technologies at hand.

    • Word count: 406
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    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
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    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.

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    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
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    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!

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    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
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    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
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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.

    4 star(s)

    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.

    • Word count: 1371
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    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
  12. 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
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    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
  14. Peer reviewed

    Arguing against the Death penalty.

    4 star(s)

    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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    The Growing Dependence On Computers. Why do we rely so much on computers, which still after many years in the market have still got errors in programming, bugs and threats to new viruses?

    4 star(s)

    Computers make our lives easier and give us the possibility to connect to the Internet and learn new things. They make it possible for us to keep in touch with our friends, shop online or even receive classes online. Machines nowadays make it simpler than ever to organize digital media with only one click, instead of organizing physical discs, which is more time consuming and frequently get damaged. This gives us more time to do more creative or productive things in our life.

    • Word count: 762
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    Write a magazine article persuading teenagers to stop smoking.

    4 star(s)

    That's Half of the UK's teenage population!. I understand that some of these teenagers are not to blame for this disgusting habit, but I'm sure that you'll agree there is still some hope for you to quit smoking. I will now be taking you on a journey that will help you understand why smoking is wrong, and it is vital that you consider these reasons carefully and decide whether you want to ruin your life, maybe even stop it from existing or take the wise man's route and decide to stop.

    • Word count: 585
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    Feature Article - Being A Teen Is The Worst Time Of Your Life

    4 star(s)

    You have, peer pressure, anorexia, and school all day, five days a week, and extra homework, which equals stress. Teenage years are definitely the most difficult. What is stress? Stress is what you feel when you respond to pressure, either from the outside world (school, work, family, friends) or inside yourself (wanting to fit in). With all the extra things that happen during teen years, it is easy to feel weighed down.

    • Word count: 466
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    Writing to Argue - Giving Aid to needy

    4 star(s)

    However, this aid only helped 39% of the people who went through some sort of physical loss as a result of perhaps war, some sort if dispute or natural disaster. You may ask yourself, why would a country want to help other countries? Well the answer is simple. You will be credited for saving lives of thousands, if not millions. Furthermore, the help from a certain country might be the only help that they are going to get.

    • Word count: 534
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    Say "NO" to plastic bags

    4 star(s)

    Let's begin with a story to give you all an idea what actually happens when you just throw away a plastic bag, without considering what harm it can cause. A young boy asks a shopkeeper for a plastic bag for the items he had bought; not knowing that it would harm the earth for not carrying the items in his hands or pockets. As soon as he arrives at his doorstep, he throws away the "plastic bag" now regarding it as a useless piece of junk.

    • Word count: 909
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    Argue, Persuage and Advise Essay

    4 star(s)

    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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    Should Governments Prohibit Logging

    4 star(s)

    Also commercial logging is caused by population increase. As the population of a country increases, its demand for wood also increases and thus logging is carried out to obtain the wood. There are many types of logging. The first type is tree-length logging. This process involves the felling, topping, and delimbing of trees at the stump. The second type is full-tree logging. Trees are felled and transported to the roadside with top and limbs intact. Finally, the last type is cut-to-length logging.

    • Word count: 955
  22. Peer reviewed

    Writing to argue - The internet

    4 star(s)

    Letters can be sent via email in a matter of seconds to people in other countries. You can arrange things in minutes without physically talking to people. You can share memories on social networking sites with family and friends who are in other countries, for example, weddings that families and friends haven't been able to attend. In the past we would never have been able to see our loved ones' special occasion but now we can. In June 2008 over 132 million people visited Facebook, which shows the potential of social networking sites.

    • Word count: 894
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    Do we need computers?

    3 star(s)

    As a result people will overeat or eat junk food excessively without thinking of the consequences of their actions. So in turn this leads to stifled imagination and empathy. Sp parts of the brain that prmote these atributes will not develop properly. "People need computers to learn".

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    Public school or state school? At the age of 8, many parents send their children away to these schools with the knowledge that one might only see them once or twice a month. What are the arguments for and against sending away ones child to a schoo

    3 star(s)

    In terms of being away from one's family, there are no doubts one has to get more independent. This may be an advantage later in life with respect to work and education. One is also more likely to get a better education if one has attended a boarding school. Boarding schools are very expensive, so practically everybody that has attended a school like this is from upper class families.

    • Word count: 578
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    The Importance Of Going On A Field Trip

    3 star(s)

    In science class we usually do experiments. Experiments are fun, but you're actually learning. Going on a field trip is the same thing. It would be a learning experience and we would have fun at the same time. We would be able to see cool artifacts, which we wouldn't be able to see at school, maybe only in books. We would be able to learn by looking at the artifacts, instead of reading about it off a book. We would be able to see real live things. (e.g. We can learn how to start a business by going to stores and interviewing the cashiers or workers how they get customers to buy their products.

    • Word count: 541

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