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How to write a Discussion essay

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Discussion essays in Writing Task 2 is a bit different from Argument essays. So you must change the structure of your essay. In this type of essay question asks you to discuss both views/sides.

Technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in the world today.  In the not too distant future, technology will completely replace the teacher in the classroom.  Analyze both sides of this argument.

The structure:

Note: You need to go and read Argument essay lesson first to understand below given structure.

Discussion Essay

S* – Sentence

Paragraph 1 – Introduction

  • S1 – Background statement
  • S2 – Detailed background statement
  • S3 – Statement of points of view to be analyzed
  • S4 – Outline sentence

Paragraph 2 – First supporting paragraph

  • S1 – Statement of first point of view
  • S2 – Example supporting this point of view
  • S3 – Discussion
  • S4 – Conclusion

Paragraph 3 – Second supporting paragraph

  • S1 – Statement of second point of view
  • S2 – Example supporting this point of view
  • S3 – Discussion
  • S4 – Conclusion

Paragraph 4 – Conclusion

  • S1 – Summary
  • S2 – Statement of position
  • S3 – Prediction or recommendation

 

Technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in the world today.  In the not too distant future, technology will completely replace the teacher in the classroom.  Analyze both sides of this argument.

The use of technology is increasing rapidly in the modern world.  Growing technological influence can even be seen in the classroom.  The argument that technology will completely replace the teacher in the classroom is a subject that is both supported and refuted by many.  Both sides of this argument will be analyzed before a reasoned conclusion is drawn.

Firstly, it is easy to see the progressive rate at which technology is able to mimic the teaching abilities of human beings.  For example, several iPhone applications are able to hold the attention of young children for hours at a time, while concurrently teaching them things.  Thus, it is clear that on a small scale, machines can act as effective teachers.  The possibility for a robotic teacher in the future can therefore be seen.

However, on the other side of this argument, it must be remembered that a teacher powered by artificial intelligence would have little to no control over its students.  For example, it is commonly understood that children require the watchful eye of a teacher to ensure that they are indeed completing their class work and not fooling around during class time.  Unfortunately, this is something that a robotic teacher simply cannot provide.  Thus, this makes it clear why the argument that technology will never completely replace the teacher in the classroom could also be possible.

In summary, both sides of the argument regarding the possibility of a technologically driven classroom have strong support.  However, after analyzing the two camps it is clear that the idea of having a class run entirely by a machine is unlikely to materialize anytime soon.  As such, it is predicted that the plausibility of technology-based classroom teachers will remain weak.

In this essay, evidence and discussion are given for both sides of the argument.  It should be noted, however, that the writer does not fully disclose their personal position on the subject until the statement of position sentence at very end of the essay.  This is done to preserve the objective nature of the essay style and is a quality that should be present in all discussion essays.

 

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