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writing to argue - example essays


Here are the first few paragraphs of two interesting answers to 'writing to argue' exam questions. Look out for the effective argumentative techniques and structure that each writer uses.

Question 1:
Write an article in which you argue that teenagers should not be allowed to have free access to television in their bedrooms.


Time to say 'No!' to TV?

Should your teenage son or daughter have a television in their bedroom? With many newspapers telling of the possible negative effects on your daughter or - especially - son's education of having free access to 'the box' , this is a question that is surely well worth your time researching.

Of course, every child has the right to choose (they will tell you.): 'We are free individuals in a free world.' . But are they really free? Are their decisions informed? Or are they captives of an electronic box spewing out media hype and messages, some of which you would be frightened and embarrassed even to know about (when was the last time you watched the kinds of programmes your teenage children watch?). Surely someone has to guide them someone that is who really cares someone much wiser someone who knows better?

So should you give in? After all at less than seventy quid a go, a portable TV makes for an easy Christmas present. Doesn't it? Well, the answer must still be a resounding, 'No.' . Television is eating into so much of your teenage son or daughter's life already...

Question 2:
Write an article in which you argue either for or against the proposal that more of Britain's electricity should be derived from nuclear reactors.


Why Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer

One of the biggest mistakes that the present government could make is to put its faith in the future of electricity created by so-called ' clean' nuclear power. Even twenty years after the event, the name of what was otherwise a small backwater of a town in south-western Russia remains burned onto our minds: Chernobyl. Tens of thousands of people from that town and its surrounding area are reminded daily of the potential of nuclear power. Not the potential to create cheap electricity the potential to create suffering and illness.

Chernobyl sticks in the minds of the public because it was such a huge disaster and yet it could have been far worse for a full-scale meltdown never quite happened. The world was but minutes away from an even more terrifying disaster. Over the past thirty years there have been many accidents at nuclear power stations both abroad and in Britain. The authorities, naturally, try to keep such accidents out of the media but enough is known for us now to realise that accidents of one kind or another are an inevitable part of generating electricity by nuclear means...