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.
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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]
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]
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]
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]
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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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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