My students and I decided to write a balanced answer to the question below.
Most people have forgotten the meaning behind traditional or religious festivals; during festival periods, people nowadays only want to enjoy themselves. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Here's our balanced answer essay 'skeleton':
Some people argue that we no longer remember the original meaning of festivals, and that most of us treat them as opportunities to have fun. While I agree that enjoyment seems to be the priority during festival times, I do not agree that people have forgotten what these festivals mean.
Paragraph 2 topic sentence
On the one hand, religious and traditional festivals have certainly become times for celebration.
Paragraph 3 topic sentence
However, I disagree with the idea that the meaning behind such festivals has been forgotten.
In conclusion, although people mainly want to enjoy themselves during festivals, I believe that they are still aware of the reasons for these celebrations.