Discursive Essay Example Higher

Got an A in National 5, predicted an A in Higher and now taking Advanced Higher English so hopefully I can be of some assistance. My Nat5 folio got 28/30 so I think the topic I chose for my discursive went down well. My Higher teacher said that my Higher discursive is between 13 and 15/15 and loved the topic. I did "Should the NHS treat self-inflicted illnesses?" for National 5 and "Is multiculturalism the problem or the solution?" for Higher. Personally I would avoid the Marilyn Monroe topic. Writing about conspiracy theories and the like doesn't tend to do well because it's not entirely fact based and can come across as quite immature. Try to go for something that interests you, makes it so much easier and more enjoyable to write, as well as something different or something which comes at a topic from a different angle. All of my teachers have said that the SQA markers get sick of marking the same essays and will therefore mark original ideas higher than the overdone ones. Hope this helps.

In a discursive piece you are expected to discuss a given topic and present an argument related to it.

Organising a discursive essay

There are two basic types of discursive essay. Firstly there are persuasive essays in which you can argue strongly either in favour of or against a given discussion.

Alternatively, there are argumentative essays where you look at a discussion topic in a balanced way.

Finding information for a discursive essay

There are many sources you can use to find information for your discursive essay. These include:

  • relevant books from a library
  • online sources
  • magazines and newspapers
  • television and video
  • family members
  • friends

When looking in the library, focus on the non-fiction and reference sections. When searching online, always think carefully about key words.

Make sure you consider the reliability of all your sources. It is important you keep a note of where all your information comes from. This will allow you to check it again later and to complete your bibliography and footnotes.

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