Key stage 2
Key stage 1
- To understand the difference between biased and balanced arguments.
- To understand how to develop a formal balanced argument, verbally and in writing.
- To develop a wider variety of connectives to present opposing viewpoints.
En1, 1a, 1b; En3, 1a, 1b
- Online activities:
- Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips:
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- Read the Bitesize biased and balanced arguments to revise the difference between them.
- Explore, through discussion, the children's understanding of the need/purpose underpinning biased argument. When might it be more appropriate to present a balanced view?
- Watch Learning Zone Class Clips - 'for and against' to develop an understanding of presenting a balanced argument.
- Play 'connectives tennis' to embed the language phrases introduced (e.g. say "some people say that" and anticipate partner's return, "other people say").
- Use the Bitesize argument activity as a stimulus for class debate. Explore two or three of the statements to develop both sides of the argument verbally.
- Ensure that the children are using the 'for' and 'against' phrases introduced earlier.
- Develop a line of argument as a class. Using the available resources from Learning Zone Class Clips - persuasion, argument and discussion, develop discussion to present both sides of an argument on a specific theme to an appropriate formal audience. Help the children to verbally redraft their arguments and counter arguments to ensure that they achieve an appropriate tone.
- Recap on the structure of a discursive newspaper or magazine article and strategies for developing a balanced argument.
- Discuss the planning format together, developing a clear understanding of an effective structure and strategies to present both sides of an argument.
- Ask the children to use the Planning a Balanced Argument worksheet (PDF 104KB) to plan and then write a newspaper or magazine article that presents a balanced argument around the key theme explored as a class.
Split the class into teams and ask the children to complete the Bitesize argument quiz.
Ask the children to watch Melvin & Steven explain arguing and then to develop a biased argument/script to try to persuade people to buy foods and products for the home.