Writing to argue


Writing an argument for GCSE English is different from arguing with a friend. You should write a balanced and rational argument, less passionate or emotional than if you were writing to persuade. You should take opposing views into account in your response.

Writing to argue: sample question

Remember: always consider GAPS before planning your response:

  • Genre - this could be a letter, article, formal planned speech etc. You should follow the conventions of the type of writing.
  • Audience - this could be a certain age group, readers of a particular publication, a councillor etc. Use a vocabulary and style that suits them.
  • Purpose - this is an argument so the purpose is to influence the readers views, to change minds.
  • Style - this might be chatty and…




A really useful resource, thanks!