A "For and Against" essay is a formal piece of writing in which a topic is considered from opposing points of view. You should present both sides in a fair way by discussing them objectively and in equal detail.
A good essay of this tye should consist of:
- a) an introductory paragraph in which you clearly state the topic to be disscussed, whithout giving ypur oponion;
- b) a main body in which the points for and against along with your justifications, examples or reasons are presented in separate paragraphs; and
- c) a closing pragraph in which you state your opinion or give a balanced consideration of the topic
Note: Opinion word (I think, I believe, in my opinion, etc.) can only be used in the closing paragraph where you give your opinion on the topic
Introduction Paragraph 1: State topic (summary of the topic without givung your opinion) Main body Paragraphs 2& 3: Arguments for & justifications, examples, and/or reason Paragraphs 2& 3: Arguments against & justifications, examples, and/or reason Conclusion Final Paragraph: blance consideration/your opinion directly or indirectly
Points to consider
- Before you start writing your essay you should make a list the points for and against.
- Each paragraph should start with a topic sentence which summarises the topic of the paragraph.
- e.g: In addition, many people feel reading is a relaxing and worthwhile activity.
- Do not use informal style (e.g. I know…etc.) Express your opinion in a non-emotional way (e.g. It seems that, I therefore feel,..,etc.).
- Well-known quotations relevant to the topic you are writing about will make your composition more interesting. For example, if you are writing an essay on education, a quotation you may include is: "Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Note: Althought these are "blanced" arguments, if you feel that either the for or against side is stronger and should be supported, this side should be presented in paragraphs 4 & 5, thus leading the reader to your conclusion.