Writing a for and against essay

Today you will write a for and against essay. A “for and against” essay is a formal piece of writing in which a topic is considered from opposing points of view. You should present both sides in a fair way by discussing them objectively and in equal detail. Include this composition in your Google Drive document.

A good essay of this type should consist of:

a) An introductory paragraph in which you clearly state the topic to be discussed, without giving your opinion;
b) A main body in which the points for and against along with your justifications, examples or reasons are presented in separate paragraphs; and
c) A closing paragraph in which you state your opinion or give a balanced consideration of the topic.

Write four paragraphs: 

  1. Introduce the topic: For many people …  Many people think that …  However,      Though,       Although,  
  2. States the advantages: In the first place,     On the one hand,      Furthermore,       Besides,      Yet,
  3. State the disadvantages: On the other hand,         In addition,           Moreover, 
  4. Conclude your argument with a balanced summary of advantages and disadvantages and give your personal opinion: It seems to me that … From my point of view,    I think that …     I believe that …

Choose one of the following topics for discussion: 

  1. Damage to the environment is an inevitable consequence of worldwide improvements in the standard of living. Discuss.
  2. Are famous people treated unfairly by the media? Should they be given more privacy, or is the price of their fame an invasion into their private lives?
  3. Are women are better parents than men?
  4. The use of mobile phones at schools.
  5. Children should never be educated at home by their parents. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
  6. Computers can translate all kinds of languages well. Do our children need to learn more languages in the future?
  7. Discuss some of the arguments for and against keeping animals in zoos.
  8. Discuss the advantage and disadvantage of giving international aid to poor countries.
  9. Do the benefits of study abroad justify the difficulties?
  10. Does modern technology make life more convenient, or was life better when technology was simpler?
  11. Does travel help to promote understanding and communication between countries?
  12. Human beings do not need to eat meat in order to maintain good health because they can get all their food needs from meatless products and meatless substances. A vegetarian diet is as healthy as a diet containing meat. What is your opinion?
  13. If children behave badly, should their parents accept responsibility and also be punished?
  14. Is animal testing necessary?
  15. Many students choose to attend schools or universities outside their home countries. Why do some students study abroad? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.
  16. The advantages and disadvantages of computers. Discuss.
  17. Should criminals be punished with lengthy jail terms or should they be re-educated, using community service programs for instance, before being reintroduced to society?
  18. Should money be spent on space exploration?
  19. Should retirement be compulsory at 65 years of age?
  20. Should rich countries pay more for environmental damage?
  21. Should sports classes be dropped in secondary school so students can concentrate on academic subjects?
  22. Should the same laws which prohibit the sale and consumption of heroin be applied to tobacco?
  23. Technology is making communication easier in todays world, but at the expense of personal contact as many people choose to work at home in front of a computer screen. What dangers are there for a society which depends on computer screens rather than face-to-face contact for its main means of communication?
  24. Alternative forms of transport should be encouraged and international laws introduced to control car ownership and use. What do you think?
  25. The mass media, including TV, radio and newspapers, have great influence in shaping people’s ideas. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer.
  26. Nuclear power provides cheap and clean energy. The benefits of nuclear technology far overweigh the disadvantages. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.
  27. Tourism is becoming increasingly important as a source of revenue to many countries but its disadvantages should not be overlooked. What are some of the problems of tourism?
  28. TV: could you be without it? Discuss.
  29. We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in businesses, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits? Use specific details and examples in your answer.
  30. Will modern technology such as the internet ever replace the book or the written word as the main source of information?

17 thoughts on “Writing a for and against essay

  1. Triana says:

    The use of mobile phones at schools.
    Many people think that the use of mobile phones at schools isn’t a good idea, because it is a distraction for teenagers in the class, they can do video and photos and talk to other people. In the first place, this is a new form of distraction in this years by new technologies and we can see the different results in exams and those are down.
    In the other hand, people think that this is necessary for the teenagers, because they can have an emergency or they can use to find information about class activities too.
    I think that this use of mobile should be used for cases of emergency, for talk about the family in important moments or use in class works.

  2. Manuel Martín Romero says:

    Does modern technology make life more convenient, or was life better when technology was simpler?

    One of the objetives of technology is make life easier. From the nineteenth century the technology advanced incredibly. A lot of inventions and discoveries had part in this century. Now the technology advances in giant steps, but while some people think this is good for us, other people disagree with they.

    In one hand, people thnik that the actual technology make our life so easy and good, and that the incoming advances will make it better. The mobile phones, the consoles, the hybrid cars… all for a better world.

    But in the other hand, some people think that the technology make us lazy and useless, and that without technology we won’t survive. Now, persons who haven’t a mobile phone for chat are weird.

    Personally, I think that the technology and the following technology will make our life easier and better, but I think too that nobody can afford depend of the new inventions for have a good life.

    152 words.

    Manuel Martín Romero

  3. Angela Ballesteros says:

    Does modern technology make life more convenient, or was life better when technology was simpler?

    Many people think that modern technology make life more convenient because we can communicate with people around the worl in real time but there are people who think the life was better when technology was simpler because now people can’t be without internet, they’re addict.

    On the one hand, modern technology is a great way of life. With the new mobile phones we can talk to everybody around the world, with internet we can search many information in many time, and we can make new cars, vaccines, etc.

    On the other hand, modern techonology is the worst. People can’t stop to use mobile phones and they’re always getting distracted. With modern technology we are non-social.

    From my point of view, modern technology make life more convenient because we have more ways to learn something.

  4. Isa & Rocío says:

    The use of mobile phones at school has been very debated. Nowadays they aren’t allowed at schools. Let’s see if it was a good idea or not.

    It’s said that mobile phones are very unuseful because many people get distracted by them. Children could use it against teachers and their classmates and it could disturb the class.

    But, The new intelligent mobile phones have lots of app such as dictionaries, calculators, audiobooks that are useful for the everyday cñass amd the experimental class like physics and chemistry like watchstops.

    In our opinion the use of mobile phones is good in class if they are usedin a good way.

  5. 7. Discuss some of the arguments for and against keeping animals in zoos.

    Keeping animals in zoos

    Keeping animals in zoos is a very discussed topic. I think zoos are awesome because we can see animals that are so far in its habitat. But it’s horrible to be jailed there, in an artificial place.
    I think what is better to do is saving wounded animals in zoos.

    • Gabriel González González says:

      Sorry, teacher. Here you are my complete composition:

      Keeping animals in zoos is a very discussed topic. Some people think it is a very interesting facility where you can enjoy with your family. But a lot of people hates zoos because they are like a jail for animals.

      On the one hand, I think zoos are awesome because we can see animals whose habitat is far away. Another advantage of keeping animals in zoos is that endangered animals can be saved there. Zoos are also a research center where biologists and veterinarians can investigate animals to obtain information that will help them.

      On the other hand, it’s horrible to animals being jailed there. There are zoos where animals are not maintained properly. That is awful because it can contribute to the extinction of the animals.

      To conclude, I think that zoos would be a nice facility if its workers work properly.

    • Antonio José Palacios says:

      Nowadays computers are really important for us, because we use it to do quick operations, which is very good to help us quickly.

      I think that using the computer to do most of the things in a job, is so good, because if you have the resources and using it you will increase your efficiency, you have to use it.

      But we have a serious problem, and this is that if people only use the computer to do the operations, someday if they haven’t got a computer or something similar.

      Finally I think that we have to use the computer for working, but only when is really necessary, because if we abuse of computers, we could have bad results.

  6. Manuel Loza says:

    I’ll talk about the topic which make reference to the use of internet instead of a book or any other written source of information. For many people the use of internet is better, it’s the majority, but other people believe that internet is something bad.

    Nowadays intenet is the best option to look for any type of information, you can find everything you want there. It’s really useful not only to find information, its really enjoyable in spite of its inconvenients. You can watch films, play free videogames or chat with from any place in the world.
    You can use internet for everything you want.

    On the other hand, intenet has its bad face. It’s also dangerous, you must be careful with you privacy because anyone can see for example the place where you live, your bank details, etc. To sum up, they can supplant your identity.

    From my point of view, internet is the best option for everything is intenet. Everything is dangerous if you aren’t careful with it. So I just have careful with my private information and the pages that I visit.


  7. Antonio Carmona & Alonso Hidalgo says:

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of keeping animals on zoos?

    Nowadays, a lot of animals live in zoos. Is it right or wrong to keep them in the zoos? The following essay presents some advantages and disadvantages of this problem.

    First, people can see beautiful and exotic animals. They can see how animals live. Animals have good life conditions in zoos. They don’t starve because they have food and water. People don’t kill them and animals live as close to the natural habitat as possible.

    On the other hand, there are disadvantages of keeping animals in zoos. Animals live in an environment to which they are accustomed. Another disadvantage is that animals should live naturally and not as zoo owners want. Besides animals in zoos are mistreated and badly maintained by visitors in the zoo.

    In short, keeping animals in zoos can be fun for the public to visit the zoo and also unpleasant for the animals that live at the zoo.

  8. David Fernández Carretero says:

    The use of mobile phones at schools.

    For many people, the use of mobile phones at schools is a good idea for the students because if they have a problem and need talk with their parents, the mobile phone is indispensable to contact. However, this reason can be very harmful for people; students can bore and they use the mobile phone to play or to chat.

    On the one hand, it’s very necessary in the life of one person the use of mobile phone: you can make a photo, you can to chat with your friends, you can read books and news, you have internet and you can call to people in everywhere and whenever.

    On the other hand, also there are disadvantages about the use of mobile phone in school. For example, the mobile phone you can sound in class and interrupt to the students and the teacher. In addition, you can get distracted in the class using the mobile for play; for this, you don’t listen the teacher. Also, is possible to lose the mobile.

    In short, in the life the use of mobile phones is very necessary to use when you need really but not necessary for play in the class or in the work.

  9. 18.-Should money be spent on space exploration?

    The NASA program has done incredible research in its time. It is used for science, maths, and even to protect mankind (for example from asteroids).There are thousands of different technologies that have been discovered by NASA as a result of space exploration. And we can live in the space too.

    But in the other hand we need to start helping starving and homeless people. We could spend our money on that instead of spending it on space exploration. Also, 18 astronauts have died because of flight incidents.

  10. 12

    On the one hand, it is often said that preparing meat involves cruelty to animals. Besides, people think that most vegetarians are lacking in protein and iron and other important nutrients in their bodies. However, nuts contain relatively high amounts of protein. Besides, being a vegetarian will also decrease the risk of getting heart attack and other few diseases as most of the vegetarian foods contains low amounts of carbohydrates and fats compared to meat products.

    On the other hand a decrease in animal slaughtering for food purpose will also lead to ecological imbalance: humans are predators and animals are prey. Moreover, the human brain likely would never have evolved into its current form without the ingestion of meat.

    In short, being a vegetarian has both advantages and disadvantages. But I couldn’t live without a good big steak from time to time.

  11. Eva Cristina Gomes Barbosa and Paola Fernández Rey says:

    For and against essay

    30.Will modern technology such as the internet ever replace the book or the written word as the main source of information?

    Today almost people around the world use internet and products that permit its use, like mobiles phones and computers, are each day more innovative and attractive for consumers.

    On the one hand, this technology is very handy, because you can use it everywhere; and yet cheaper, because with only one mobile or one computer you can access almost all kind of information and eBooks.

    On the other hand, we are losing the tradition of buying books that have been the main source of knowledge until recently. Furthermore, in internet you can find false information that could be believed.

    From my point of view, internet is one of the better discovery of humanity and its use nowadays is essential, so I think it will replace the written word soon.

  12. Lua says:

    Lucía Anguita :

    TV: could you be without it? Discuss

    I’m going to talk about the need of the TV in the houses.
    Many people think that the Tv it’s completely necessary because they think that if they don’t see the Tv they seem crazy. This problem is evident, above all, in the children. Many childrens are habituated to be in front of the screen the most part of the day and their parents thinks that all it’s good, it’s ok.

    In the firts place it’s true that the Tv it’s a good entertaiment, for all the ages. You can find the news, cartoons, documentaries, etc. But, the Tv, it’s really good when you are tired and you need don’t think.
    On the other hand the people think that the Tv is a stupid box that create a society without own ideas. They think that the Tv give the words that the ‘politicians’ want that we listen.

    From my point of view, the people could be without the Tv perfectly, the childrens must play with the toys, the screem only develop the confortable side of the boy/ girl. We are enough intelligent for have own ideas, and I think that there aren’t nothing better than a book!

    But this is only my opinion, the book of the likes is white!

  13. Ro Heartbeat ♥ says:

    3. Are women are better parents than men?

    I’m going to talk about this question, are women are better parents than men?
    This is a typical question in a street survey,For many people think her opinion, clear is that if you are a men, you thinks that you are more better, also, if you are a woman, your thinkings are changes, you think that the women are better.

    That’s right, I’m going to give you advantages about this question.
    In the first place, the woman always had been with children and in a few of cases, the women went to work, and they had no hard work, if they had… This we can say us that the women have a special relationship with the child. The man, don’t have those treatments.

    On the other hand, in 21th century, it changed all of paper, now the women are working in a building or in a office. They have hard work such as hard not work, this we can explain us that the women, now they don’t have the special relationship and also, the men can pass more time with her child because the housework is divided.

    In my opinion, men and women can do the same for her children. Shouldn’t have been a different treatments if is your father your nurse, or if is your mother so.
    All extremes are bad so if we put in a balance, everything it’s adjusted.


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