Discursive compositions: Read this example answer to the question ‘Should teenagers earn their pocket money?’ Find five sentences that shouldn’t be there because they aren’t relevant.
Unlike most of my friends, I don’t get any pocket money unless I do jobs around the house. I’ve
saved about £500 over the last five years. My friends laugh at me when I tell them this, but there are many good reasons why this agreement is good for me and my parents. One friend in particular, called John, is always making jokes about me washing the dishes.
First of all, by earning my pocket money I have a better idea about the realities of life than many of my friends do. I understand, for example, that money doesn’t just grow on trees. Of course, I don’t think my friends think it grows on trees, either, but you know what I mean. I know that when I leave home I will have to work hard in order to afford the things I want. Also, by doing jobs around the house, I am learning skills which will be important to me later, when I have to look after myself.
Furthermore, I do not think it is fair to expect my parents to do all the housework. They have their jobs, too, and they come home tired. My mum’s a doctor and my dad’s been a headmaster for the past five years. If everyone in the family helps with the household chores, then things get finished more quickly and we all have more free time to spend together. I like to spend my free time listening to music.
To sum up, I believe that if children earn their pocket money it’s not only good for them, but for the whole family.