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    INTRO F strategy (Factual Statement)

    Not necessarily better

    Maybe more comfortableWHY?

    It is differentHOW?



    GOOD----------------------------------------Each generation----------------------------------BAD


    No valid comparison


    Very relative


    Better life style

    more leisure time

    use of computer and digitaltechnology

    advanced modes of transport

    more chances at highereducation / online degrees

    more individual liberty for



    lost family ties / values

    no human touch incommunication

    uncaring society

    materialistic society

    apathy for the elderly

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    F Strategy-begins with anopinion


    Note the use ofidiomaticexpressions

    Logicalconnectorsused to relateideas

    SAMPLE ESSAY: WE HAVE A BETTER LIFETHAN OUR GRANDPARENTSI don't think we live a better life. We live a differentlife. We have more things. We have our cellphones and laptops, Twitter, and Facebook so thatwe can stay connected but yet we have nopersonnel connections. We have lost family values,sit down dinners, playing outside, and the list couldgo on and on. We don't talk to each other anymore.All we do is text. So no, I don't think life is better.The life led by our grandparents was just verydifferent from the life we lead now.Looking at the upside of life today it does seemoutwardly obvious that our generation is having abetter life. Work today is not as exhausting for mostas we do not toil all day in the fields, and manyhave leisure time that our grandparents could not

    have imagined. We now rely on electricalappliances and gadgets, switching on and off.No longer limited to the speed of horses, today'spersonal transportation makes miles pass inminutes. Many live ajet-set life. We have greateropportunities for higher education, and an ease ofaccess to information that brick-and-mortarlibraries could never have provided. Just look atthe number of colleges and universities that havemushroomed over the recent years. To top that, wecan even pursue online degrees from the comfortof our homes.

    We also have a growing awareness of andappreciation for individual liberty and rights. Few ofour grandmothers had a voice in the running ofaffairsoutside of their home. Most women wereproperty and not owners of property then. Theyand their children were the equivalent of livestock.Women today hold top posts in companies, evenleaders of a few countries. Most women these daysmake their own choices on working or nurturingtheir children, or balancing both.

    However, what they had that we do not have is thephysical closeness of generations of familymembers, a community of concerned and caringcitizens that, for the most part, worked together forthe betterment of all and stood together when thehardships of life assaulted their people. Instead offorging a caring society, we have mostly becomemindless money-hungry zombies. The care forthe elderly is mostly left to hired caretakers orworse, the aged are dumped in homes to linger tilldeath takes them to a better place. There is thisnewfound apathyfor caring, be it for our agedparents, neighbours we do not even say hello to, oreven towards our own children who are mostly left

    Points on theupside of life today

    Better life style

    More leisure


    Advancedmodes oftransport

    More chances athigher education

    More individualliberty forwomen

    Why life is notbetter?

    Lost family ties

    No human touch

    Uncaring society



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    to nannies and baby sitters.Every generation has its ups and downs, it's goodand bad. And I am just not sure you can actuallymake a valid comparison; it might be more likecomparing which are better fruits, apples ororanges, or whether we have a better life here thansomeone in the UK or Indonesia, for instance. It'sall relative. I think in some aspects we are better offtoday, whereas in other aspects we are in no waybetter or worse.


    No validcomparison

    Very relative

    Reiterates theopinion given inthe intro

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    Part and parcel of learning process Mixed reactions from parents

    Hated by students Enforced by schools

    Work at school not sufficient

    Not enough time to consolidate skills learned

    Provides opportunities to better understanding

    Complements in-class discussions

    Indicates levels of understanding

    Teachers yardstick to measure student progress

    Occupies free time / no wastage on useless activities

    Practice makes perfect

    Helps develop and enhance skills

    Prepares students for exam

    Parents can keep track of childs progress

    - Checking on homework

    Keeps students out of mischief

    A necessity

    Vital element of learning

    Make attempts to enjoy & reap the benefits




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    Helps improve grades X diminishes interest in learning

    Curriculum requirement X takes up too much time

    Teaches self-discipline, responsibility X no time for play

    Instils good time-management

    Teaches life skills

    Gets parents involved

    Provides practice

    Instills good habits / attitudes




    Teacher-assigned tasks

    Completed outside school hours

    An expected status quo

    Part & parcel of school life

    Provides vital feedback on teaching effectiveness

    Consolidates & enriches knowledge

    Trains creativity & resourcefulness

    Develops intelligence

    Reinforces skills

    Provides continual learning outside school

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    Begin with adefinition

    Note use ofproverbTo createcounterargument



    Homework is defined as tasks assigned to students by

    school teachers that are meant to be carried out during non-

    school hours.Every school day brings something new, but

    there is one status quo most parents expect: homework.

    The old adagethat practice makes perfect seems to make

    sense when it comes to schoolwork. But, while hunkering

    downafter dinner amongst books and worksheets might

    seem like a natural part of childhood, there are more people

    now than ever suggesting that it shouldn't be so.

    Homework has been around for a very long time. Parents

    say that teachers require it; teachers say that parents

    demand more of it. Teachers assign homework to help

    some students improve their grade and pass the course for

    those of who do not do well on tests or standardized

    examinations. Schools require a certain amount of hours of

    homework to be assigned to each student. When students

    bring back work to be done at home, many controversies


    Homework is all pain and no gain. Most students believe

    there is little reason to believe that homework is necessary

    in school. In fact, it may even diminish interest in learning

    and be directly responsible for total disinterest in learning.

    Most of my friends personally think that homework has

    occupied much of their leisure time, and leaves them hardly

    any extra time to enjoy life or other leisure pursuits.

    However, many would argue that life is filled with things we

    don't like to do, and that homework teaches self-discipline,

    time management and other nonacademic life skills.

    Homework can help students learn and can help parents be

    involved in their children's education. When parents show an

    interest in their child's schoolwork, they teach an important

    lesson--that learning is fun and worth the effort.

    Children who do more homework, on average, do better in








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    school. And, as children move up through the grades,

    homework becomes even more important to school

    success. Teachers assign homework for many reasons. It

    can help children practice what they have learned in school;

    get ready for the next day's class; use resources, such as

    libraries and encyclopaedias; and learn things they don't

    have time to learn in school. Homework can also help

    children learn good habits and attitudes. It can teach

    children to work by themselves and encourage discipline

    and responsibility.

    In my opinion, homework is one of the important means of

    feedback for a teacher's teaching result. It can consolidate

    the knowledge that students have already studied, train

    students' creativity and resourcefulness, and develop

    students' intelligence. Taking time each night to do

    homework is a chance for students to catch up on missed

    class and further reinforces the day's lessons so it is

    permanently etched in the student's mind where the

    information is stored and used when called upon.




    withjustificationson whyhomework isnecessary

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