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Discursive writing

Finding information for a discursive essay

In the same way as you would look for information for the informative essay, you could try the following areas for information which would support arguments in the discursive essay -

  • any relevant books from any library you can reach (check the non-fiction and reference sections)
  • the internet
  • magazines and newspapers
  • television and video
  • mums and dads and brothers and sisters and uncles
  • and aunts and friends . . . . . . !

It is important that you keep a note of where all your information comes from. This will allow you to check it again later, and will also allow you to complete the ‘Sources consulted’ section on the folio tag.

Other points

If you choose to do the discursive essay remember that you are expected to have a personal opinion - try to make clear your personal interest in the issues you are offering for discussion!

Remember, in the examination itself, you will not be able to access information, nor take in notes of any description (you won't know what's in the paper anyway!). So, the ideas about access to all of the above sources apply mainly to the completion of discursive essays for your folio.

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