Agree Disagree Essay Template

I previously wrote about sticking to the same formula of a 4 paragraph structure. Once you practice this approach, it will be very easy to plan and organize your essay when you’ve only got 40 minutes.

For the agree/disagree essay, I think it’s probably easiest to just completely agree or completely disagree because you just need to have 2 reasons to support why.

Remember, the examiner is marking you on how you express, organize and support your ideas. They aren’t judging you on your opinion. As long as it’s logical and cohesive (your argument is supported and your ideas stick together) and written clearly, you will get a higher mark.

You can follow this 4-paragraph structure:

  1. Introduction– introduce topic and give your clear answer to the task question (I fully agree or disagree with the claim)
  2. Main Reason #1 why you agree or disagree – give examples and supporting details
  3. Main Reason #2 why you agree or disagree – give examples and supporting details
  4. Conclusion – restate your opinion (this is a very short paragraph – probably 1 to 2 sentences)

Here’s an example:

Many children these days have an unhealthy lifestyle. Both schools and parents are equally responsible for solving this problem.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

My outline of ideas for my essay (not fully written out):

1. Introduction – Write a sentence about the topic, paraphrase the claim and give my opinion – I completely disagree. I think only parents are fully responsible for solving this problem.

2. Main Reason #1 

I believe parents are fully responsible for solving this problem.

  • main caregiver and spend the most time with their kids
  • should be the primary role model of living a healthy lifestyle
  • most effective because parents provide child’s food/meals and guidelines for child’s free time and activities

3. Main Reason #2

Schools should not be responsible for solving this problem.

  • Schools should focus on academics – reading/writing/maths and science
  • Teachers have a relatively small amount of time with each child – they have to worry about a classroom full of 30+ children
  • least effective because they don’t provide for the child’s regular diet

4. Conclusion – restate my opinion that I completely disagree and believe that only parents, rather than parents and schools equally, are responsible for changing children’s unhealthy lifestyles.

See  my full sample essay for this question here.

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How do I answer ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree’ questions? What should be included in the introduction paragraph? Is it necessary to discuss different views in the body? If you have trouble in answering this kind of question for IELTS writing task 2, take a minute to read today’s blog! Here are some useful tips for you to tackle it.

Past questions

First of all, let’s take a look at several past questions to get familiar with this question type.

  1. Maintaining public libraries is a waste of time since computer technology is now replacing their functions. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  2. The leaders or directors of organizations are often older people. But some people say that young people can also be leaders. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  3. People’s shopping habits depends more on the age group they belong to than any other factor. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

There are more questions in the post on past IELTS writing questions!

Choose a point of view

Before writing anything, you should have a clear point of view. You should include adverbs to answer to what extent. Here are some possible ways to answer the question.

  1. I totally/completely agree…
  2. I totally/completely disagree…
  3. I mostly/partly agree/disagree…

Structure your essay


Then you can structure your essay. Here are some templates for you!

  1. I totally/completely agree…

Introduction: State that you totally agree with the view in the question.

Body paragraph 1: State why you agree.

Body paragraph 2: State why you agree.

Body paragraph 3: State why you agree or explain why the opposite view is wrong.

Conclusion: Restate your view.

 

  1. I totally/completely disagree…

Introduction: State that you totally disagree with the view in the question.

Body paragraph 1: State why you disagree.

Body paragraph 2: State why you disagree.

Body paragraph 3: State why you disagree or explain why the opposite view is wrong.

Conclusion: Restate your view.

 

  1. I mostly/partly agree/disagree…

Introduction: State the points that you agree with and the points that you disagree with.

Body paragraph 1: State why you agree with some of the points.

Body paragraph 2: State why you disagree with some of the points.

Conclusion: Restate your view.

 

1 and 2 are slightly easier to write. They are similar to the answers to ‘Do you agree/disagree?’ questions. If you are unconfident about your writing, just use the first or the second structure and be sure to include the adverb totally/completely.

In conclusion,  to answer ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree?’ questions, you need to state your degree of agreement/disagreement with different adverbs in the introduction paragraph. Then use the rest of the essay to support your view. To learn more about how to write a good IELTS essay, check out our post on how to organize ideas in IELTS writing task 2 and the Magoosh IELTS prep!

 

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