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Argument - lesson plan

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Melvin and Steven

  1. To understand the difference between biased and balanced arguments.
  2. To understand how to develop a formal balanced argument, verbally and in writing.
  3. To develop a wider variety of connectives to present opposing viewpoints.

National Curriculum

En1, 1a, 1b; En3, 1a, 1b


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Teaching activities


  1. Read the Bitesize biased and balanced arguments to revise the difference between them.
  2. 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?
  3. Watch Learning Zone Class Clips - 'for and against' to develop an understanding of presenting a balanced argument.
  4. Play 'connectives tennis' to embed the language phrases introduced (e.g. say "some people say that" and anticipate partner's return, "other people say").
  5. 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.
  6. Ensure that the children are using the 'for' and 'against' phrases introduced earlier.
  7. 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.

Group work

  1. Recap on the structure of a discursive newspaper or magazine article and strategies for developing a balanced argument.
  2. Discuss the planning format together, developing a clear understanding of an effective structure and strategies to present both sides of an argument.
  3. 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.

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