Reading & Argument Essay Writing

Reading & Writing Practice

This blog provides a great lesson to improve students’ ability to read, identify key arguments of for/against and synthesise the arguments in an argument essay. Students practise their paraphrasing skills and in-text referencing. The material includes two texts, outline plans and a model essay.


Argument Organisation Structure

An argument essay  is generally organised in two ways: block and point-by-point. A Block structure is where the two main body paragraphs are divided separately into for or against. A Point-by-Point structure is where each main body paragraph has a counter-argument followed by an argument. (see below)

Paragraph structure block or point-by-point

Outline Plan

These two argument essay outline plans help students to identify the key components in an argument essay. They focus on introductions (link), thesis statements (link), main body paragraphing (link), in-text referencing (link)and conclusions (link). 

Mergers & Acquisition Argument Essay Writing

The lesson comprises of teacher’s notes, two academic / neutral texts (written by AEUK), one argument for/against plan, two outline structures (block / point-to-point), and a model answer (550 words). It also includes (not shown in example) a highlighted version of the model essay showing how the thesis statement links all the way through the essay, the in-text referencing and counter-argument linking.
Question:Mergers and Acquisitions are not always a beneficial strategy. To what extent do you agree with this statement? Write a two-sided argument essay, making reference to the arguments in Text 1 and Text 2. Include correct in-text referencing and suitable paraphrasing. Write between 400-600 words


Reading & Writing Argument Essay [Mergers & Acquisitions]

Topic: Mergers & Acquisitions. Two short texts (included) – students read the texts, make notes of key arguments,  and write a 400-600 word essay using in-text referencing and paraphrasing. The essay should follow (block / point-to-point structure) more info. Lesson includes teacher’s notes, outline and a model essay. Example Level ***** [B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP


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