S3 Discussion Topics

Should humans treat farm animals more humanely? Should athletes be allowed to take drugs to enhance their performance providing the drugs do no long-term damage to their bodies? How old is “too old” for parenthood? Footballers who abuse social media should be expelled from the profession. Has cosmetic surgery become too readily available? Is marriage an outdated institution? Is there still too much discrimination against … Continue reading S3 Discussion Topics

Recent news-stories for discursive essays

As suggested in class… After the plane crash, how can we tackle ISIS? What is the best way to tackle the Syrian Refugees crisis? After the stabbing in Aberdeen is it time for airport security in schools? After Pistorius’s early release, are celebrity criminals treated more leniently than common citizens? Should refugees ever be deported? Are we paying too much for our music? Is illegal-downloading … Continue reading Recent news-stories for discursive essays

Immigration Essay – Introductions

Is there too much immigration into the United Kingdom? • Explain that immigration is an important and difficult issue • Explain why it is difficult • Explain what your essay is going to do The issue of immigration is a controversial one in the United Kingdom. Some feel that we have too much and it should be controlled, others feel we need more. It is … Continue reading Immigration Essay – Introductions

Telegraph Immigration Article

Why should broke Britain bankroll immigrant spongers?From the Daily Telegraph, January 20th, 2014A couple of days ago I posted on the heartwarming story of Firuta Vasile, 27 – the Roma woman with four children who came to Britain five years ago, claims not to have been able to find work except as a Big Issue seller, and currently snaffles in excess of £25,000 in benefits, … Continue reading Telegraph Immigration Article

Immigration – Some Statistics

The population of the U.K. is 64.1 million. Last year, 583,000 people came to live in the U.K. Last year, 325,000 people left the U.K. Budget for benefits in U.K. is set at £120 billion. U.K. Gross Domestic Product is currently £2.51 trillion. More than 5.6 million people currently claim benefits in the U.K. 6.4% of these claimants are immigrants. 11.9% of total population come … Continue reading Immigration – Some Statistics

Immigration – Guardian Article

UK gains £20bn from European migrants, UCL economists reveal   From The Guardian, 5thNovember, 2014 European migrants to the UK are not a drain on Britain’s finances and pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits, a new studyhas revealed. The research by two leading migration economists at University College also reveals that Britain is uniquely successful, even more than Germany, … Continue reading Immigration – Guardian Article

Intermediate 2 Discursive Essay Topics

1.  Should wolves be re-introduced to certain parts of Scotland? 2.  Should humans treat farm animals more humanely? 3.  Working class fans are being alienated from football by its gentrification. 4.  “Alcopops, with their trendy packaging and fashionable image, are encouraging under-age drinking.” To what extent do you agree with this statement? 5.  Has abortion become too widespread? 6.  Should animal organs be used for … Continue reading Intermediate 2 Discursive Essay Topics

Mary Bell – What is "evil"?

These are the results of our class discussion. 1. Most people are not born evil, but they may be raised or conditioned to do evil things. 2. Some murderers suffer from mental difficulties, so it would be wrong to call them evil. 3. Some actions are more evil than others. 4. Most people who do evil things have been conditioned to behave in an unacceptable … Continue reading Mary Bell – What is "evil"?

Death Penalty/ Bentley & Craig

What can we learn about the death penalty from the Bentley/ Craig case?Intro:Small summary of what the case wasWhen it happened (April 1952)/ where (London)“Let him have it” – importanceWhat your essay will be aboutDerek BentleyChristopher Craig The essay will be about how the case shows the problems in the death penalty issue. http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/90510443/bentley-craig-and-the-death-penalty?width=400&height=250&zoom=0 Continue reading Death Penalty/ Bentley & Craig

Film Censorship Quotes

“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.” Clare Booth “We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder “censorship,” we call it “concern for commercial viability.”” David Mamet (director) “Censorship in any form is the enemy of creativity, since it cuts … Continue reading Film Censorship Quotes

Why do teenagers have such a bad press?

Intro • The reporting of teenagers in the media is a contentious/ difficult/ complicated issue.• Teenagers are often in the news, but their reporting is a moot/ controversial/ debatable issue.• Every generation of teenagers has its reputation scrutinised by the media.• The reputation of teenagers is not clear cut: are they a good influence in society, or bad? • Their behaviour, language and culture is … Continue reading Why do teenagers have such a bad press?

Should film censorship be banned? (Int 2 Discursive)

Intro: 1. Is it a controversial subject, and why2. Roughly (in one sentence) what the two sides are3. What the essay is about Film censorship/ the censorship of cinema/ the government censorship of film • Is a controversial subject.• Is a subject which generates many opinions/ views/ arguments• Is a highly contested subject matter• Is a subject that has triggered debate for many years/ for … Continue reading Should film censorship be banned? (Int 2 Discursive)

Discursive Essay: Should film censorship be banned? (Int 2)

Yes 1 Allow film companies to profit (widen the audience)2 It simply doesn’t work3 Greater audience freedom of choice4 Downloading makes certification irrelevant5 People are not so affected by the images they see No 1 Prevents children seeing inappropriate material2 Excludes illegal material (traumatic content)3 Encourages violent behaviour/ desensitizes the audience4 It is a system based on litigation, not the moral well-being of the public5 … Continue reading Discursive Essay: Should film censorship be banned? (Int 2)

S3 – Discursive Essays – Paragraph Structure Notes

As discussed, and using the example: Religious Freedom Overall point: People can distract one another with their clothing, even if it is not religious. 1. Topic sentence (The sentence that indicates what your paragraph will be about.)2. The argument in full.3. Any statistics or quotes.4. Your point in favour or against.5. (optional) Any statistics or quotes that support this point. 1. Many people argue that … Continue reading S3 – Discursive Essays – Paragraph Structure Notes

S3 – Discursive Essays – Intro Notes

• The subject of your essay.• Why is the subject controversial?• Your intentions.• Possibly suggest a key argument for each side?• Quote. Despite being illegal, the Guardian notes that “Doctors in the UK were responsible for the deaths, through euthanasia, of nearly 3,000 people last year.” This controversial subject divides opinion between those who feel they have the right to choose when to die, and … Continue reading S3 – Discursive Essays – Intro Notes

Research Websites

From last Thursday’s class, here are a number of websites that I would deem acceptable for you to take quotations and statistics from. Of course, this does not mean you can’t come up with your own, but you do need to make sure your own research is reliable. Euthanasia From the Guardian website, and also this interview with Terry Pratchett.The Wikipedia entry.This is interesting, from … Continue reading Research Websites

Why do teenagers have such a bad press?

Why do teenagers have such a bad press? Intro The issue of XXXX has been debated for many years. • The reporting of teenagers in the media is a contentious/ difficult/ complicated issue.• Teenagers are often in the news, but their reporting is a moot/ controversial/ debatable issue.• Every generation of teenagers has its reputation scrutinised by the media.• The reputation of teenagers is not … Continue reading Why do teenagers have such a bad press?

The Hippocratic Oath

For those of you writing any essay about the rights and wrongs of health, medicine or doctoring, you may need to make consideration of the Hippocratic Oath. This document, as so many marvellous things are, is from the Greek civilisation of the 9th to 2nd centuries BC, and is an agreement taken by all doctors. The gist of the oath is that doctors (or “physicians”) would always … Continue reading The Hippocratic Oath

S2 – Research Search Terms

1. Football player quotas2. Effect of foreign players3. Youth development UK football4. Sports facilities youth UK5. Manchester United youth policy6. Excess foreign players Barclays Premier League7. Racism in football8. Right to work across Europe9. Player salaries Premier League10. National Team performances 2000-2010 1. Immortality2. Future Scientific Development3. Effect of old age4. Future geographic change5. Cure for cancer6. Space travel7. New developments NASA8. Global Warming9. Living … Continue reading S2 – Research Search Terms

Higher debate and writing

Discursive writing is a very tricky art, as many Higher pupils have discovered. I would always recommend students read the comments section of broadsheet newspapers, many of which are available for free online and provide a broad range of styles and opinions. Recently, I came across these clips on Youtube, which demonstrate the art of putting forward a strong personal argument. You can see how … Continue reading Higher debate and writing

Some quotes to get you started…

“Society must learn to accept people with Down’s syndrome for what they are – people who happen to have Down’s syndrome. Giving in to prejudice and ignorance by hiding the outward signs of the disability is no solution.” Carol Boyes DSA “Society is not going to change overnight so Georgia has to fit into society rather than society fitting into the way she is.” Kim … Continue reading Some quotes to get you started…

Research Resources

I would recommend the following websites for research purposes in English. Try Issues-Online a search engine linked to themed issues. I also like iDebate which is a simlar site. You could do much worse than trawling through the BBC Website, too There’s an interesting article here and some interesting quotes here. Finally, these is a quite balanced view here. Continue reading Research Resources

Higher Discursive Essays

Here are some examples of Higher discursive essays to give you an idea of what is expected: Higher discursive – exemplar – examshttp://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/doc_player.swf?doc=higher-discursive-exemplar-exams-100611072906-phpapp01&stripped_title=higher-discursive-exemplar-exams View more documents from Mr Connor. Discursive higher – exemplar – europehttp://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/doc_player.swf?doc=discursive-higher-exemplar-europe-100611073505-phpapp02&stripped_title=discursive-higher-exemplar-europe View more documents from Mr Connor. Continue reading Higher Discursive Essays

Higher – Discursive Writing Topics

The following are topics which might be used for a discursive essay. Many have been used successfully by students in the past. Remember, though, that often the best essays are based on topical issues, presently being debated in the media. Do not feel that you are restricted to the list below. Cars – a blessing or a curse? Given the traffic congestion on our roads, … Continue reading Higher – Discursive Writing Topics