If the question asks whether you agree or disagree, you need to make your opinion very clear. You can either have a strong opinion or a balanced opinion. Let's try writing a 'strong opinion' answer for the following question:
Families who send their children to private schools should not be required to pay taxes that support the state education system.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
When you have a strong opinion, you don't need to mention the opposite view.
Here's my plan for a 4-paragraph essay:
- Introduction: 1 sentence to introduce the topic, 1 sentence to make your opinion clear (e.g. I completely disagree...)
- Main paragraph: support your opinion with a reason
- Main paragraph: support your opinion with another reason
- Conclusion: repeat/summarise your opinion
I'll continue with this topic next week.