MATRIX INTERMEDIATE WORKBOOK
Unit 5 Fame and fortune
Writing a composition
Read the model essay and complete gaps 1-6 with these words and phrases.
as a result • on the other hand • first of all • in addition
• however • to sum up
'The lottery can ruin people's lives.' Do you agree?
Ever since the lottery was invented in 1520, people all around the world have dreamed about becoming suddenly rich. Some people argue that the lottery is a bad thing, because it encourages people to waste money on a
dream that won't come true. However other people
claim the lottery is a good thing. It's fun and it can have a positive impact on at least a few people's lives.
First of all it is true that the lottery is exciting and
entertaining. It could be you and if it isn't, it's always fascinating to see how the winner spends their money. They are able to change their lives, and make the lives of
their friends and family a lot easier. In addition in many
lotteries, some of the profit is given to charity. So even if you don't win, you are helping someone indirectly.
On the other hand the lottery can have a negative effect on
people. People might become addicted to gambling and
obsessed with special 'lucky' numbers. As a result they
may get into debt so they can buy their tickets. And winning a million pounds doesn't guarantee happiness. A few winners complain that they have lost their friends or are bored because they no longer work. In my opinion these people have only themselves to blame.
To sum up it can be argued that the lottery does not ruin
people's lives. It provides entertainment, helps to fund charities, and makes a few lucky people millionaires. That said, when people become addicted to gambling, then the lottery may have a negative impact. But we need to remember that it is only a game-people are able to choose whether they play it or not.
В Which word or phrase in A introduces:
a the order in which something happens? - first of all
b an example of the same thing? - in addition
с an example of a different thing? - on the other hand
d something that happens because of something else? - as a result
e a summary of what you have said? - to sum up
С Do you agree with the conclusion?
Use the notes and ideas in brackets to write this composition.
'The best things in life are free.' What do you think?
Many people / argue that / can't buy / best things in life. For example (which things are free?) ... . However (would having money make these things easier to obtain?) ... . As a result this / not / easy question to answer.
First of all, (can you buy friends / happiness?)... .In addition, (give other examples.) ....
On the other hand, (would you have fewer worries if you had money?) ... . As a result (would you be happier?) ... . Moreover (give other examples) ... .
To sum up (your conclusion - are the best things in life free?)... .
Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Writing
descriptions. Travel and sightseeing.
Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Writing a profile. Words
Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Writing
a Talk. The Millenium Dome.
Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Writing
a letter of complaint.
Unit 5. FAME AND FORTUNE. Writing
a composition. The Lottery.
Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Writing
Unit 7. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Writing
a report. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTERNET TO YOUNG PEOPLE.
Unit 8. WHAT IF ... ? Writing
a discursive composition. An ideal job.
Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Writing a story. My holiday
Unit 10. THE RIGHT CHOICE. Writing
a job application.