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GCSE: Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise

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  1. The problem of violence in video games

    Violent video games alter the brain's response to violence because these games cause diminished brain responses. For example, "American children spend plenty of time in front of screens that can cause distributions in brain"(Adams). Without parental involvement, children mental growth will be affected by violence and anger that can slow down the growth. According to researchers at Indiana university school of medicine, brain scans of kids who played violent video games showed an increase in emotional arousal and a decrease of activities in brain areas involved in self-control and attention(kalning).In which the amygdala can be affected by violence and involved in emotional arousal and behavior.

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  2. This essay will address the economic benefits of nuclear energy in terms of its production, employment and economic independence.

    My first point is that nuclear power is economically production. A nuclear power plant uses uranium as its fuel. Uranium is a much more effective energy source than coal, oil or gas. The energy in one ounce of uranium is equivalent to the energy in 100 tons of coal. Also, it costs much more to rid coal of its impurities and contaminants than it does uranium. While the initial cost of a nuclear power plant is higher than that of other energy plants, the money saved by using nuclear energy would cover the cost of its construction within its first six months of operation.

    • Word count: 466
  3. Article Analysis. You Call This Even Handed? Refugees Series is Strictly for the Gullible (YCTEH) was written by Ray Jorden published in the Sydney Morning Herald on June 23, 2011.

    However the structure also helps the shape the article to help create meaning and understanding. The title is attention grabbing as well as informative. The use of a question directed at the reader and the use of words including ?Strictly and Gullible? attract the readers attention and the word ?Refugee? allow the reader to know what the text is about. The introduction of the article was also attention grabbing as it give the reader an insight of the history of the topic/issue as well as how the issue/topic affects the reader?s day to day lives.

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  4. Logged in or locked out? The pros and cons of the Internet.

    Today technology has changed the way we communicate; the days of snail mail are over, people no longer write letters which take ages to reach the recipient and then to obtain a response but prefer conveying messages by sending each other e-mails which are received by the addressee within a blink of an eye. However, it is more or less impossible to transmit the correct emotions via e-mail or by instant messaging and here voice calls and video calls come to the rescue.

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  5. Gattacca, should we make a superior human race?

    Scientists genetically modify the human embryos by altering the genetic codes (Bonsor, 2012). As a result of scientific manipulation, the embryos are sacrificed in order to obtain successful production. This goes against Article 3 in the United Nations? ?Declaration of Human Rights?, stating that embryos have the ?right to life? (Lynn, 2005). It is ethically immoral for scientists to ?play God?. This similar idea appears in Niccol?s film, ?Gattaca?, where the doctor creates Anton as a perfect human, with ?dark hair, hazel eyes and fair skin? by selecting his genes.

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  6. Newspaper report - Rural Vs. Urban Lifestyle

    The bright sun was beginning to set, it would soon become dark but it felt to me like nothing could disturb this idyllic scene. We walked along the stream taking in the surroundings, so close to our own home. For miles we could see nothing other than the paddocks where the local farmer?s cows were grazing and the odd kangaroo jumping by. It was beautiful, pure serenity. Earlier that day I spoke with Ellen Fitzroy and her husband Peter, who have moved to country Victoria in search of a tree change.

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  7. Life's Events and Hassles - how they've affected me.

    But for those who are not eligible for government assistance has to pay out of pocket expenses which are not easy to pay. Additionally, the college lifestyle expects you to be vigilant, mature and more determined to succeed than when you were in high school. However, when I first attended college at Union County College I can honestly say that I tried to be vigilant in all my courses. I participated in all my courses which were union county college 101, criminal justice 101, English 101 and pre-algebra 11.

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  8. Life has no reset button.

    The epiphany made me realise that people play The Sims to experience a desired way of life but are unable to pursue due to fears of negative consequences. This is because in the game, if they mess up, they can always start over by hitting the reset button. But my dear friends, if you were able to hit the reset button in real life, then you would be looking at attending year one again at the age of god-knows-how-old-you-are. As many say there is only one chance in life to make it right, so start making the right choice today.

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  9. Why we should change the school year.

    Each system has an equivalent amount of time spent in school and out of school, but the balanced system has many more advantages. The balanced calendar is more suitable for use in schools than the traditional calendar because it creates a more efficient use of vacation time, a more desirable school environment, and greater academic achievement. The use of the balanced calendar in schools results in a more effective use of the students? and teachers? vacation time. Instead of having erratic breaks throughout the year, the intercessions will be more frequent.

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  10. Why cell phones should be allowed in schools.

    Also, students need cell phones in case of an emergency. Remember the massacre that happened at Columbine School? For these reasons, I think cell phones should be allowed in schools. First of all, cell phones can be very helpful in the classrooms. Students could use their camera on cell phones to take pictures of school experiments being done by the teacher. This would help students remember information for an upcoming test. Also, students could perform phone interviews during class time.

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  11. Why I'm Proud to be Indian.

    Through my religion, Sikhism, I have become familiar with the beliefs and understandings of life. The culture and customs that most Indians adhere with today have a substantial impact on me as well. Significantly, the value I have learned is the moral perspective of what is right and what is wrong. Values that are priceless and hold a broader perspective on life bring out the person I am in my country India, and in the United States as well. Living in America, Indians are faced with the daily tasks of adversity which does not set aside valuable time to understand the significance of India as their motherland.

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  12. Arguing in support of refugees in Australia

    Within this particular conflict, there was little regard for the safety of the people, resulting in multitudes of deaths, the rising sense of fear and insecurity prompting many to flee or seek asylum. This was especially the case for the Hazara, who make up the majority of Afghani boat arrivals and are the powerless ones amidst the conflict, targeted because of an unresolved, century old religious and ethnic animosity. What our Labour government calls 'particular hardships' are in fact a process of attempted genocide, effected through a litany of unimaginable atrocities in which men, women and children have been slaughtered, raped, and homes destroyed.

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  13. Ban Advertisements!!!

    TV Adverts ? just saying the word causes a rush of blood to my head. If only I could banish them forever to room 101. Whether its adverts on the television or in a magazine, they are all extremely irritating and I think many people will agree with me. And what is that is so important, that I just won?t be able to live my life without, the product that will change my life completely and fill me with ecstasy and thank my lucky stars that I saw the advert?

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  14. A* Room 101 speech -adverts and spitting.

    I find it particularly frustrating when watching a high action film. Imagine: you?re sitting at home watching Die Hard on ITV, when the main character is on the verge of death and fighting his enemy in a high action scene. Your on the edge of your seat wondering whats going to happen next , when suddenly a big bloated man with a fake, cheesy moustache starts jumping around repeatedly singing ?go compare? in an extremely annoying voice which completely destroys the tense atmosphere, following the trend of stupid adverts would be the highly annoying song we buy any car.

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  15. The word failure should never be used in education. Discuss.

    This will prove unhealthy for both his mental health and self-esteem. More disturbingly, the labels can potentially overwhelm the student so much so that they turn to suicide as a solution to solve their troubles stemming from the failure label. This is clearly depicted by the alarming suicide rates of students in competitive societies of Japan and South Korea where they are largely driven by the overwhelming levels of stress they face, leading to them make the decision of ending their lives.

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  16. Advice I'd give a younger me.

    A great day of exercise always brightens up my day. Track has also taught me many life lessons. It showed me the importance of determination and that practice makes perfect. The extra practice and effort you put into track eventually pays off. Being a better runner is something you can achieve with practice. Tiger Woods is one of the best golf players in the world today. His talent could be explained through his childhood. Woods began playing golf ever since he was the age of 2. Since then he won over 14 professional major golf championships. Athletes are where they are today because of their numerous hours of practice.

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  17. Don't get me started on smoking

    And while I?m on the subject of second hand smoking I think it?s absolutely disgusting when adults smoke around children as they are under a lot of danger and have no choice as to whether or not if they want to be exposed to the harmful chemicals, it?s incredibly selfish and self-centred not forgetting to mention irresponsible. And not only that, the smell is revolting, it sticks to your skin, clothes, hair, household and makes your breath stink surely you don?t want to smell of an ash tray?

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  18. How does Martin Luther King make his 'I had a dream' speech so effective and memorable?

    One of the main ways that King makes his speech so effective is through his unifying message. Throughout the speech, King refers to America as ?our nation?. This suggests equality of ownership and brings all of the audience together. Another example of his unifying message which he uses is ?brotherhood?. This brings him and the audience together and forms a bond between him and the audience members. King also tries to speak to the white members of the audience. One example of this is ?our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today?. King is acknowledging their presence and in a way thanking them.

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