Essay writing: Week 6

Period 3: Writing a problem-solving essay
Week 6
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Period 3: Writing a problem-solving essay
Week 6

Slide 1 - Tekstslide

Biodiversity loss
This week we'll have a look at loss of biodiversity. 

Furthermore, we'll learn how to construct the conclusion of a problem-solving essay.

Slide 2 - Tekstslide

Loss of biodiversity
Big problem:It's endangering our own existence.
Minor problem: but a shame for the animals.
A natural phenomenon: fluctuations are normal.
It's a hoax. Loss of biodiversity doesn't exist.

Slide 3 - Poll

What do you think are the causes of loss of biodiversity?

Slide 4 - Open vraag

The Independent
"Nature is our most precious asset. When economists are saying to value it or face ruin, it’s time to listen"  
 "one million species face extinction." 

Slide 5 - Tekstslide

First, some useful vocabulary
Find the definitions of the words and expressions below. Insert these into the following slide. 
asset                           to commodify
sustainable              gross domestic product
to regenerate          to deploy
devastation              the preserve of
tipping point            in the wake of

Slide 6 - Tekstslide

Find the definitions of the words below. Insert these below.
asset , to commodify
sustainable , gross domestic product
to regenerate , to deploy
devastation , the preserve of
tipping point , in the wake of

Slide 7 - Open vraag

Read the following articles :,life%20showed%20that%2C%20on%20average%2C

Slide 8 - Tekstslide

What 'parties' could offer sollutions according to the first article (The Independent) and what solutions could they come up with?

Slide 9 - Open vraag

What solutions were mentioned in the second article (New York Times)?

Slide 10 - Open vraag

Insert a list of at least 5 unfamiliar words (and their definitions) of the second article here:

Slide 11 - Open vraag

Slide 12 - Tekstslide

  • Introduction
  • Main text
  • Conclusion

Structure of a problem-solving essay

Slide 13 - Tekstslide

Standard rule:  (1) Refer to the thesis, (2) summarize all mentioned solutions (use different wording!) and (3) end by pointing to the future in a positive yet realistic way.

Aim for 60-80 words 

Slide 14 - Tekstslide

Which is the better conclusion? Nr 1 or 2?
1)   In conclusion, global warming is a serious problem that we cannot afford to ignore. Individuals can make a difference by the lifestyle they choose, and they can also spread the message to friends and family. Furthermore, governments should cooperate to support sustainable industries and tax polluting industries. In this way essential protection can be offered to nature and the balance can be restored.

2)   To conclude, global warmig has been going on for a long time and may have caused disasters such as hurricanes and flooding. In future, we may see worldwide starvation if crops fail due to drought. It is probably too late now to do anything much about climate change. However, if governments introduced a 'green tax' on everyone immediately, there might be some hope.

Slide 15 - Tekstslide

Which is the better conclusion? Nr 1 or nr 2?
Nr 1
Nr 2

Slide 16 - Poll

Slide 17 - Tekstslide

Write a conclusion of between 60-80 words on the environmental issue that you wrote an introduction and body parts of before.

Slide 18 - Open vraag

There are a lot of environmental problems that need to be addressed. How optimistic are you? Do you think that human ingenuity can fix it?
Yes, we can
We can fix a part of the problems
No, it has gone too far.

Slide 19 - Poll

Slide 20 - Tekstslide


What's the biggest drawback of wind and solar power?

Slide 21 - Tekstslide

Slide 22 - Video

Slide 23 - Tekstslide

Main text (body paragraphs)
Standard rule:  (1) Start with a topic sentence, clearly indicating the topic of the paragraph, (2) suggest one or more solutions, explain and/or describe how it or they could contribute to solving the problem. 

Aim for 75-90 words per paragraph

Slide 24 - Tekstslide