In this lesson, we will give you a strategy to help you come up with interesting essay arguments.
Let's first look at a task 2 example.
If your answer is "Fashionable clothes help me to express myself." your argument will consequently be similar to 'Fashion is good because clothes help people to express themselves'. This is an acceptable argument, but you may find it difficult to write 250 words because there is not much more you can talk about.
So how can we think of more interesting arguments?
The important thing is to think about the argument from many different perspectives, not just the personal - or individual - view. So what other perspectives are there? For an open question like this, the good news is there are many!
Polyester clothing is popular because it is cheap to make, but with each wash, micro-plastics are separated and find their way into soil, rivers and oceans. Animals frequently eat these and can die as a result.
Quality of clothing is also improving. Modern running shoes, for example, are more durable and can improve the speed of the wearer. These kinds of developments, fueled by fashion, can make our lives more convenient and comfortable.
When you finish, see if your arguments are similar to ours.
To what extent do you agree with this statement?
Ads allow companies to provide free services (for example, Facebook, Youtube and other social media, television etc).
Most social media is free because of advertising.
Over time we believe that we should judge people not on their personalities and actions, but instead on the price of the objects they own.
If we compare ourselves to perfect people with perfect lives in adverts, we might feel insecure and lose self-confidence.
Social Media Companies often sell the data of its users to make adverts more targeted. Many believe this is destroying our privacy online.
Old products are typically thrown away. Since most are not bio-degradable, they damage the environment (for example, plastic in the ocean).
The most important thing to remember is that when given an essay topic, brainstorm the task from as many different relevant perspectives as you can think of. This can also be applied to Problem-Solution type essays.
Practice thinking about other essay tasks in this way to see if you can find interesting things to write about. You can even apply this lesson to the outside world. If you learn to think about actions and events in many different ways, you may find you learn more about the world and become more insightful!
Do you agree or disagree?