Thursday, December 17, 2015


The issue of whether we are born good or evil is one of the fundamental questions that determine the way we judge events or people. What is the answer to this dilemma; are we born good or evil? Do your research and determine your point of view . Then, write an argumentative essay
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Are people born good?
Reading material to make notes on
·         Are humans born evil?
·         Ten reasons humans are naturally evil
Videos to watch and make notes on
·                  *         The empathy gene: are we born good or evil?

·         Are you good or evil?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Read the story of the incredible miscarriage of justice involving Robert Jones and watch the videos. Then write a reaction (response) essay.

Monday, December 7, 2015


A good education is a prequisite of getting ahead in the modern world, which makes parents eager to enroll their children in the best educational establishments possible. No stone is left unturned in the search for the school best placed to prepare their kids for life in every sense of the word. This being the case, an ideal school in the modern world needs to excel academically as well as in terms of opportunities for personal growth

First developmental paragraph: the quality of the education provided
·         In terms of teaching staff (well trained, competent)
·         Teaching methods (up to date, modern technology, examples)
·         Syllabus and material

Second developmental paragraph: opportunities for personal growth
·         Team sports and individual sports (the qualities they foster)
·         Active clubs (which clubs, what qualities do they foster)

In conclusion, schools in the modern world are expected to raise young people who have had the opportunity to reach their full potential both academically and personally. They are expected to help young people discover different avenues in life pinpoint what they excel at and what makes them happy. They are also expected furnish young people with the skills that will help them in the modern world. In short, schools are not just about books and teachers.


The popular piece of folk wisdom “All work and no play make Jack a very dull boy” is a very wise piece of advice. Life can be compared to a playground where there is a lot of activity; sometimes people just want to stop playing for a little while and watch from the side lines. A vacation is very much like taking a break from your routine activities to regroup, recuperate or just chill for a while. This being the case, everyone needs a holiday yet people’s expectations of such a break from everyday life can vary: while for some an ideal holiday means an adrenaline rush for others it means peace and quiet.
First developmental paragraph: the adrenaline rush
Who: sports junkies, people who lead sedentary lives through no choice of their own
What kind of holiday: bungee jumping, mountain climbing, trekking, diving, surfing and the like
Purpose: to get their hearts racing
Why: their regular life is routine, dull or dreary
Conclusion: they wish to come alive on holiday
Second developmental paragraph: peace and quiet
Who: anyone who gets seriously tired and works long hours, manual workers, computer techs, businessmen and the like
What kind of holiday: a beach holiday with books and IPods, evening strolls, a comfortable hotel,  and the like
Purpose: to rest physically and mentally
Why: their regular routine is exhausting
Conclusion: they wish to wind down
To sum up, there are all sorts of holiday makers but one thing they have in common is that they all want a change from their daily routines, whatever they are. There is nothing like monotony to destroy the spirit and let’s face it, most of us have dug ourselves into a rut for one reason or another. Denying ourselves the chance of a change would be most unwise on all sorts of levels.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


The NHS and similar state run health services are often loath to treat terminal patients when valuable resources can be better employed treating patients who have some hope of recovery. Are they right or should money and effort  not be a concern? Determine where you stand and defend your position.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  
Reading material to make notes on
·         How much would you pay to live an extra year?
·         Funding expensive treatments for some on the NHS means less money for everyone else
·         How much would you pay to live an extra year?
·         Pressure grows on Roche to lower drug price
·         What doctors and patients want at the end of life  Watch the video and read the text

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Go to the link below, read the text, watch the videos and make notes. When you are ready, compare and contrast the lives of these teenagers. Here is the link:
What does it mean to be a good girl?
Here is a selection of topic sentences with which to start your paragraph; which is more appropriate?
·         The lives of the six teenagers in the study are very different
·         There are vast differences between the lifestyles and the future expectations of the teenagers in the text.
·         People in different parts of the world lead very different lives
      Thanks are due to my dear friend and colleague Semra Esmer for this activity