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Discussion Essay

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Steven Lian

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Transcript of Discussion Essay

Intro
: background = two sides
Thesis = opinion
Body Paragraphs
Essay Structure
Structure
Intro= background
= thesis
One Side Approach
Tips
Discussion Essay
Balanced Approach
Discussion Essay
by Z. Lian
Some people think that children should be taught to be competitive in school. Others, however, say that cooperation and team working skills are more important.


Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
BP1
: Competition = some people think...
and I agree
BP2
: Cooperation = other people think (and I don't agree)
Conclusion
: refer to other people's opinion
restate my opinion
Some people think that children should be taught to be competitive in school. Others, however, say that cooperation and team working stills are more important.

Although it is sometimes thought that schools ought to teach children to compete, other people believe that the focus should be on cooperation.

1, This essay will discuss both sides and then I will give my opinion.

2, I agree with the former opinion.

3, In my opinion, I consider that competition helps children learn the most important skills for their future.
Background Statement
Thesis statement:
Full Introduction
Although it is sometimes thought that schools ought to teach children to compete, other people believe that the focus should be on cooperation.

In my opinion, I consider that competition helps children learn the most important skills for their future.
Reasons why people support
competition
children do better in school
competition motivates

Example
: children apply themselves when in direct competition with classmates
later in life

:

competition in the job market
Reasons why people support
cooperation
people do not live apart

--- learn to live alongside with others
learn communication skills
deal with confrontation
learn to negotiate
In conclusion, while
people may vary in their opinions,
I think that
children stand a better chance to succeed both in school and later in life if they are encouraged to compete against each other.

(35 words)
Conclusion
BP1
topic sentence:

Firstly, children who learn to compete against each other often do better in school.

On the one hand, some people think that children who learn to compete against each other often perform better in school and I agree.
Full BP1
On the one hand
, some people think that children who learn to compete against each other often perform better in school
and I agree
.
In other words,
the competition among students motivate them to excel in their studies or tasks which, consequently, produces better academic performance and results. Students
, for instance,
generally apply themselves handwork harder
when
they are in direct competition with their classmates.
Furthermore,
being driven to achieve the best is vital in order to succeed later in life when, as adults, they must compete against others in the job market.
BP2
Topic sentence:
On the other hand, it is often believed that competition should not be emphasized in schools.

On the other hand, it is often believed that it is better if the emphasis at school is on cooperating with others.
Full BP2

On the other hand,
it is often believed that it is better if the emphasis at school is on cooperating with others. As people, we do not live, work or socialize apart from others,
so
learning how to work alongside other people ought to be taught from childhood.
Without these skills, children would
lack the ability to communicate with each other or know how to deal with confrontations and conflicts in a constructive way.
Another reason why team skills are useful for children is
that they can learn how to negotiate to complete a task.
This
is an essential skill to learn for their future life.
BP1= one side
BP2= other side
BP3= my opinion
Conclusion= summary
In my opinion, I believe that competing and cooperating is important for children.
Thesis statement
In my opinion, deciding whether to focus on competition or team working skills should depend on the age of the child.
Background Statement
Although it is sometimes thought that schools ought to teach children to compete, other people believe that the focus should be on cooperation.
Full Introduction
Although it is sometimes thought that schools ought to teach children to compete, other people believe that the focus should be on cooperation.
In my opinion, deciding whether to focus on competition or team working skills should depend on the age of the child.

(44 words)

In conclusion, despite
people having different views,
I believe
it would be better for young children to develop tea working skills and older children to become more competitive.

Conclusion
BP1

On the one hand,
children who learn to compete against each other often perform better in school, according to some.
In other words,
the competition among students motivate them to excel in their studies or task which, consequently, produces better academic performance and results.
Furthermore,

it is commonly believed that
these skills are essential for children to learn in order to succeed later in life
when, as adults,
they must compete against others in the job market.

BP2
BP3
Finally, in my view, both skills are indispensable for a child's future but the focus should depend on the child's age.

While
young children need to learn how to communicate effectively and learn to work with other, older children, who are starting to take exams and be assessed on their academic performance, would benefit more from competition. Schools, therefore, need to be

flexible
as to when to focus on one over the other.
On the other hand
,
it is often believed that
it is better if the emphasis at school is on cooperating with others. People do not live, work or socialize apart from others,
so
learning how to work alongside other people ought to be taught from childhood.
Without these skills,
children would lack the ability to communicate with each other or know how to deal with confrontations and conflicts in a constructive way.
1, Underline both sides in the essay question.
2, Decide if you agree with one side 100% or if you have a specific view.
3, Never agree fully with both sides
4, Main supporting points
5, Plan paraphrasing for main points.
Brainstorm
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