Here's a question about the 'video games' topic we looked at last week:
Some people regard video games as harmless fun, or even as a useful educational tool. Others, however, believe that videos games are having an adverse effect on the people who play them. In your opinion, do the drawbacks of video games outweigh the benefits?
Personally, I'd answer this question in the same way as I'd answer a 'discuss both views and give your opinion' question. I'd write 4 paragraphs:
- Introduce the topic, both sides of the argument, and my view.
- Explain the benefits of video games.
- Explain the drawbacks.
- Summarise / repeat my overall opinion.
Students shared some good ideas in the comments area here (especially some of the comments near the bottom). You could also adapt the ideas in my ebook chapter about the positives and negatives of television. I'll share my full essay next week.