Discursive Essay

Topics: Obesity, Logic, Writing Pages: 3 (764 words) Published: February 14, 2013

Definition: discursive essay writing explores an issue using reasoned argument and then comes to a fitting conclusion based on looking at both sides of the argument.

If you like, the first part of the essay will explore the “pro”- argument and the second part explores the counter-argument. The conclusion will summarise both arguments and then with reflection you can give your own definitive opinion on the subject.

This type of writing requires skill. The essay is a process you undertake and you have to possess patience to perfect the essay. You need to be able to construct and articulate cogent argument(s) You need to be able to argue your case using strong evidence so you can persuade the reader your argument is a sound one: Evidence will include:

• Facts
• Examples/Case histories
• Opinions from experts using quotation

You need to make aspects of your argument move smoothly from one paragraph to the next. How do you do this?

• Use a logical paragraph structure
• Use topic sentences for each paragraph. This is the concept that your opening sentence will contain the main point/idea of the paragraph. The remainder of the paragraph just expands in more detail on the idea. • Use connectives (words like however, on the other hand, moreover etc) SEE SEPARATE SHEET FOR MORE ON THESE.


Choose ONE of the following:
1.” Children and teenagers suffering from obesity should not be allowed to have bariatric surgery on the NHS. The responsibility of the child’s weight lies with the parent not the State and Bariatric surgery should not be used to bail out irresponsible parents.” Discuss.

2.” The Government is not doing enough to tackle the obesity crisis in the Uk. More extreme measures are needed to combat the problem and prevent NHS meltdown in future years.” Discuss.

Working Plan for Question 1

Intro defines child obesity and why it’s a concern in the UK. Define Bariatric surgery....
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