Two-Sided Argument Essays: Structure / Lessons

This blog discusses the elements of two-sided argument essays and includes a free download. It provides a variety of two-sided argument texts based on topical issues, an outline and answer section. These are four paragraph essay structures consisting of an introduction (general to specific, thesis and outline), two block type arguments (1 paragraph = for, 1 paragraph = against), and then a conclusion (summary, restate thesis, recommendation / suggestion). The texts are all written by AEUK on a variety of topics and divided into two types; general and academic.
More information on Introductions / Thesis statements / Topic sentences / Paragraphing / Linking words / Conclusions

Free Download: A general two-sided argument essay example

This text can be used in a variety of ways. It can be a reading to highlight key arguments. It can be a writing where students use the empty outline to plan a writing and then compare to the model. It can be a guided writing where the tutor provides the completed outline and the students write an essay using these ideas. It can even be used as a listening – the tutor reads out the essay and the students note down the key arguments.

Home Education – Argument essay

 Question: ‘Should parents educate their children at home?’ This is the full lesson from the images above. The essay can be used in a number of different ways – see the lesson plan. Words: 440  Level ***** [C2/B1]

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General essays – no sources



Question: Is advertising a benefit for society? This essay investigates the negatives of a materialistic focused society against the economic benefits of advertising. Words: 550  Level ***** [B1/B2]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP



Question: Is a university degree worth the cost? This essay investigates the positive of university life and qualifications against high debt and competitive job markets. Words: 633  Level ***** [B1/B2]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP


Gun Laws

Question: Should guns be banned? This essay investigates the US 2nd Amendment to bear arms against other  countries where guns have been banned. Words: 700  Level ***** [B1/B2]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP


Sustainable Energy

Question: Can wind energy replace electricity power stations? This essay investigates the problems with wind energy against the economic and polluting problems of traditional energy production. Words: 720  Level ***** [B1/B2]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP


4x General argument essays

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An Academic Argument Essay Example

These essays are the similar structure to the above BUT have academic sources and academic referencing (Harvard) within the text. This helps students to identify credible evidence and the use of peer-reviewed sources. Sorry no free download – hence the blocked out paragraph. 

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Academic essays – with sources & credible evidence

Mobile phones

Question: Are mobile phones a health risk? This essay investigates the academic research that suggests that mobile phones are safe and unsafe. Sources:6 / Words:550 / Level ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP


Climate Change

Question: Is Climate Change a result of human activities? This essay investigates the key research behind Climate Change and the arguments that this research is bias and exaggerated. Sources:7 / Words:680 / Level ***** [B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP



Question: Is a vegetarian diet healthier and better for the environment? This essay examines the keys arguments around cruelty, human anatomy and environmental processes. Sources:10 / Words:750 / Level ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP



Question: Is obesity a disease? This essay highlights the key evidence of why obesity is classified as a disease and also argues it is preventable and based on lifestyle choice. Sources:9 / Words:765 / Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP



Social Media

Question: Is social media a benefit to society? This essay investigates a variety of key arguments on information sharing, employment and social behaviour. Sources:8 / Words:800 / Level ***** [B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 


5x Academic argument essays

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 Argument Essay titles

AEUK Argument Essay Titles

 A whole range of twenty possible argument essay titles. Students can take one title and write 250 words+ using a similar structure to the essays above.  **** [C2/B1]

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