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How To Write A Balanced Argument Or A Discursive Essay (9-14 years)

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Grade 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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This resource is essential for all students wanting to develop their literacy skills and improve their grades in English assignments and examinations.


An example of some of the activities included:

- How To Write A Discursive Argument

- Hints And Tips For Writing A Discursive Essay

  • - Writing skeletons, model answers and points for and against the following essays:

- Chewing Gum Should Be Banned. Discuss

- Children Under 14 Are Too Young To Sit Exams. Discuss.

- Elderly People Deserve Respect. Discuss.

- Is Hosting The Olympics Worthwhile?

- Is Smoking Bad For My Health? Discuss.

- Young People Eat Too Much Fast Food. Discuss.

- Writing A Balanced Argument In A Letter


This student will learn how to write a well-balanced argument. They will learn how to structure their writing, putting forward a point of view, backing it up with convincing evidence, building up a relevant counter argument and knocking it down, as well as, putting forward their own comments and opinions. These work packs focus on discursive writing, enabling the pupil to examine points for and against in a variety of subjects suitable for older children and teenage readers - healthy eating, fashion, social issues and many more. The student will learn vital essay writing skills, that will assist their studies in other areas of the curriculum.


In addition to this, the work packs teach organisational and literary devices in persuasive writing, including, figurative language, emotive words, repetition, connectives and use of good vocabulary. The student will learn how to consider writing for the appropriate audience, how to vary sentence types in order to make writing more interesting, and the importance of using good spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Each work pack includes an exciting range of model answers and sample texts written by students and provides practice questions to test them. Common errors made by students are highlighted and corrected. They are packed with vital hints and tips to enable the pupil to be successful and gain good grades.


The work packs are ideal for home study and will reinforce the work done in school. They may be purchased in any order. There are a number of titles to choose from. By working through the packs, the student will grow in confidence and will learn to enjoy writing. The packs are also a useful resource for teachers and save hours of time when preparing lessons or homework tasks.

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63 pages

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argument writingdiscursive essaybalanced argumentenglish writing activitiestopical issues